Saturday, May 30, 2015

Two More Hospitals Full of Kids to Send a Smile To!

Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing again! I am very happy to announce that we have a new volunteer and two new children's hospitals in Florida to send your cards to! LeeAnn McKinney is now accepting cards for the children who are inpatient in Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, FL and Golisano Children's Hospital of SW Florida, Fort Myers, Fl.

That brings the total number of hospitals we serve to 14!

We are grateful to LeeAnn for volunteering to accept your cards and distribute them to these two new hospitals. Both hospitals are affiliated with Ronald McDonald Houses so the children's families can stay close by and may use the cards we send too.

Here is the new address to send your cards to:

LeeAnn McKinney
128 Taft Blvd.
Clewiston, FL 33440

Currently, please send most of your cards to LeeAnn's address to give her a great start, or to Janet's address in Illinois. The other locations have enough cards for the time being. It is never too early to start making fall and winter holiday cards so that all the children in all the hospitals will receive one and also be able to pick out some to give or send to family and friends they are missing if inpatient on those holidays. All locations will have a need for holiday cards.

**Please include your name and email address in your boxes of cards so any of the volunteers who receive them can email our thanks and acknowledgement of the receipt of your box.**

Thanks to LeeAnn for volunteering and thank to all of you who send in your handmade cards to cheer the kids in the 14 hospitals we now serve!

Stamping smiles 4 Kids, Karen

Saturday, January 31, 2015

YEA- SAS4Kids now has 12 Children's Hospitals for Your Cards!

2015 is going to be a great year at SAS4Kids! I am excited to share with you that we have just added another volunteer who will be collecting your cards for three more children’s hospitals!  That brings the total of hospitals we serve up to 12! The new hospitals are in California and our new volunteer is NanaConnie. Many of you will know the name as she is on many design teams and has been in our top three several times with her gorgeous cards. NanaConnie has graciously volunteered to receive your boxes of cards, sort and label them and bring to three children’s hospitals close to her home in California. 

Here is the California address to send your cards to: NanaConnie Chapman, P.O. Box 80083, Bakersfield CA 93380.

Our other new location is in Illinois. Janet Bailey's address is: 11722 Parkway Dr. Apt. 6, Roscoe, IL 61073.

For the time being, please send all your boxes of cards equally to Janet Bailey’s address and to NanaConnie’s address so they can build up a supply and start bringing boxes to their kids in the new hospitals. Of course, we will accept boxes at the other locations as well, but the new sites need them more than we do in Wisconsin and Iowa. (As always, if you are in Canada, contact the Canadian SAS4Kids for their current needs and addresses.)

5/21/15 ***Updated to change: NanaConnie has been overwhelmed with your wonderful support and so we are asking that you wait a few months (until August) to send her any more cards. At that time all the sites will be looking for fall and winter holiday cards. We are anticipating opening up another location soon for you to send your cards to and if you would like to volunteer to accept cards for a local children's hospital, email me via the Contact Feature on the side of the blog.***

If you have a box ready to go now, please send  to Janet's Illinois address.

Our current needs are listed in the blog post below, but we accept cards for any holiday or occasion as long as they are appropriate for kids and follow our guidelines under the tab above.

Please join me in welcoming both Janet and NanaConnie and thanking them for helping us cheer more kids and their families. They are waiting for your boxes and cards, so can you make and send some cards to them soon?

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's a New Year at SAS4Kids and We are Cheering More Kids!

I am so happy to announce that we have signed on a new volunteer who will be accepting your cards for the kids who are inpatient at Children's Hospital of Illinois. Janet Bailey has volunteered to accept your homemade cards and deliver them to the kids at this new hospital! Here is Janet's address  where you can now start sending your cards to:

Janet Bailey
11722 Parkway Dr Apt 6
Roscoe IL 61073

Here is a wish list of cards and some info from the hospital: 

They have about 120 beds, and lots of kids from 5-12, but they also have a dialysis dept. that has "children" up to 20.  They have neo-natal with parents that could use cards of encouragement. Of course they have other children and cards for the youngest could just have colorful images, and teens. Because this is a Catholic hospital, they said they would accept cards with prayers, such as praying for you.

Wish list:
Well wishes
Have a great day
Thank you

CURRENT NEEDS: I am adding Mother's Day and Father's Day (FROM the kids) to this list for all our hospitals. Those two holidays and Easter and Spring cards are our next big holidays to make cards for. Please keep the older girls and boys in mind when you make your cards because we get the fewest cards for these age groups.

Please join me in thanking Janet for stepping up to help more kids. We still need more volunteers in different parts of the country to accept cards at their address, sort and deliver them to children's hospitals near to their home. Please contact me via the contact feature if you would be willing to help in this way.

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen 

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