Sunday, August 17, 2014

Can you Help?

Operation Write Home recently announced that due to the draw down of our troops overseas, they do not need any where near the cards they have been receiving. That is a good thing, of course, and they will continue to collect cards for troops overseas, just not as many.

As a result, SAS4Kids has been contacted by many of those wonderful card makers who have been donating to OWH and are now looking for another cause they can donate to. We are thrilled, of course,  and will happily accept more cards for our kids. But what we really need now is more children's hospitals to donate our cards to.

We would love to help more kids, but what is needed to do that is some more volunteers who are willing to accept sent packages of cards for kids, sort and label them, and bring or send them to a children's hospital or two close by where you live. We have the Midwest covered, but would love a site in the East, West and/or Southern U.S. and even some sites overseas. If you are from Canada, please contact our Canadian sister blog via the side blog badge to see if they have any need for additional sites or volunteers.

If you think you might like to volunteer to help, your first step would be to contact SAS4Kids via the Contact Feature on the side of the blog. If no one else has volunteered in your part of the country (or world), I would approve you to approach children's hospitals close to you to see if they would like to receive cards for their patients. Please read all the pages on the top of the blog and refer the hospital contacts to our blog as well. Feel free to copy and paste any info you want to share. I work with the Child Life or Volunteer Coordinators in the hospitals we currently serve, so that is maybe a place to start when contacting the hospitals.

We truly appreciate all the cards we receive for our kids inpatient in children's hospitals, and will continue to distribute all the cards we receive. Our current needs are mostly fall and winter holiday cards and birthday and thank you cards. Keep in mind the older kids when designing cards too- both boys and girls.

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen SAS4Kids

Friday, May 30, 2014

Yes- SAS4Kids Still Wants your Cards for our Kids:)

We are so busy on the challenge side of this blog, I forget to come over here to update this page. I have a rare weekend off,  because only when there is a 5th Saturday in a month do I not have to do a major blog post on the challenge side. We love doing challenges, but the purpose of them is do draw attention to our cause, which is on-going and what we are all about- collecting and distributing hand made cards to cheer kids who are inpatient in Children's Hospitals. If you are here and wondering if we are still collecting cards, we are as long as the challenge blog is current. We intend to continue this cause for as long as we can.

Currently our biggest needs are boys cards of any kind, thank you cards, and holiday cards. It is not too early to start making and sending fall and winter holiday cards because those are times we want to be sure all the kids in the hospitals we serve get a card, and also  can choose cards to share with family and friends. It seems we never have enough cards for boys as well as teenage girls and boys.

We would love to expand to several more locations in the U.S. and even overseas. So if there is a Children's Hospital (or more than one) near you who might like to receive cards for their kids who are inpatient, contact me (via contact form on the side of the blog) for the details and together we might be able to cheer even more kids.

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Holidays and Update on Current Needs at SAS4Kids

We are always so busy on the challenge side of this blog, that I forget to stop over here to keep visitors to this home page up to date on what is happening away from the challenges.

We continue to be blessed to receive many many lovely cards at both of our U.S. locations. I just delivered a very large box to the Neenah WI Children's Hospital and after they pick out some cards for their kids, they will forward to Milwaukee for the kids down there. I sent all the holiday and Christmas cards we had received and made, so there should be plenty for the kids to receive as well as to pick out to send or give to loved ones. The joy of giving is the best present we can give. I also included birthday, thank you and every day cards.

So THANK YOU  to everyone who has donated cards in the past year. You can see all the activity and gratitude on that page above.

Our next holidays are Valentines and Easter and we start collecting early so we have plenty of time to get them to the hospitals and our kids. In Wisconsin, I have plenty of everyday cards, so if making that type of card, please send to Sarah's address. Keep our older and teenage boys and girls in mind too, because we never seem to get enough of cards for them. In Wisconsin, we could use those older kid cards as well as thank you cards and holiday cards. If we get them early or late, we just save them for the next time we send a box around that holiday.

If you are reading this and live close to a children's hospital in another part of the U.S. (east, west or south) and would like to be a collection site for cards and then get them to the children's hospital, send me an email at khasheck at gmail dot com. You may want to contact the hospital to see if there is an interest there in receiving cards. We are getting enough so I think we could expand to another location.

Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year and beyond from SAS4Kids.

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Time at Send a Smile 4 Kids

Now that summer is finally here, I wanted to pop in over here and let you know what our current needs are in case you were thinking of donating your cards for our kids in the seven Children's Hospitals we now serve.

We are always busy on the challenge side so stop in there any time to see great cards by our design team and the winners of our challenges.

It is never too early to start thinking of making fall and winter holiday cards for our kids. Remember nothing scary or sinister in your Halloween cards and Christmas cards should not be religion specific. We are always looking for thank you cards and birthday cards- especially for boys. But everyday cards that can be used for thank you and birthdays and any other reason are great as they can be used however the child or staff member wishes.

Remember our teenage boys and girls too when designing cards as they are sometimes sadly neglected in the cards we receive.  A2 sized cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") are the best, but if you want to send bigger ones, please be sure to include envelopes as we may not have the right sizes in our homes. We label the back of all the cards before organizing them according to category and getting them to the Children's Hospitals. So if you would like to save us a little work, you could request the back label we use and attach it before sending in your card. This is a big help but certainly not required.

We appreciate all our donors and thank everyone here and on our Gratitude and Activity Page.

Stamping smile 4 our kids, Karen