A blog dedicated to collecting and distributing handmade cards to children who are inpatient at Children's Hospitals. Please send us your handmade kids' cards for holidays, birthdays, and everyday cheer. Help us put a smile on our kids' faces! Thanks for reviewing the guidelines and volunteer updates before sending in your cards.
We are very happy to announce an additional volunteer has joined the SAS4Kids family and she will be bringing your cards to kids in two children's hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kris Adams has been bringing her own cards to a local children's hospital and recently contacted us to ask if she could volunteer and we were thrilled. Her smiling face is on the side of our blog now and the address to send your cards to is: Kris Adams 1057 Valley Wood Drive Batavia, OH 45103 Her hospitals are: Shriner's Hospital for Children and Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital Center, both in Cincinnati, OH. We asked Kris to share some info about herself and she sent this:
I am Kris Adams and I work as a full time corporate recruiter
for a manufacturing company, a mom to 2 grown kids and I love to craft! Whether
it has been making dollhouses, cross-stitch, ceramics, quilting or stamping,
crafting is one of my favorite past times. I have a room dedicated to my
crafts and could probably expand to other rooms if I had the chance! I was very
excited to find SAS4Kids so I could share my joy of making cards and hopefully
put a smile on as many kids’ faces as I can. I have always lived in
Cincinnati and am lucky enough that both kids still live in the area. My
favorite vacation spot is Panama City Beach, FL - it is my home away from home
and I visit at least once a year.
Kris will put her current needs in the page for that soon (as do all the volunteers so always be sure to check that before sending in your cards), but to start she will need cards for upcoming holidays and every day cheer cards as well as birthday and thank yous.
We do not post here unless we have news or changes, but Send a Smile 4 Kids is still very much active with challenges every month and many volunteers delivering your cards to our kids. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do to help put smiles on kids faces!
We have not posted on this side for a while because there haven't been any changes to report. But we are very active on our challenge side, and have been regularly posting current needs and activity in the pages above.
We are just about done collecting cards for the winter holidays (see current needs) and after the first Saturday of December, the design team will have the rest of the month off to have more time to celebrate with family and friends. Soon we will be looking for winter cards and then spring holiday cards. Other general category cards are also needed by some of the volunteers, so keep checking the Current Needs page here.
Two of our volunteers are stepping away due to changes in their lives. We thank Cyndi Amaya and Cathy Cusson for their work on behalf of our hospitalized kids. If you have been mailing cards to these two volunteers, please check our Contact page and pick another volunteer and children's hospital to support.
Thank you for all the cards you have sent for our kids in 2018! Happy Holidays to you and yours and we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
We are thrilled to announce that Send a Smile 4 Kids continues to grow and we are now serving two more children's hospitals and announcing two new volunteers. On the side of the blog you will now see Jen Reece's and Dena Hughes' beautiful faces and the hospitals they will be serving. I am happy to introduce you to both of them! Dena Hughes lives in Tacoma Washington and shared this intro bio with us:
I am a retired high school social studies teacher, and still
substitute a bit. I have three grown sons: one teaches/lives in Japan, two
others close by. There are four delightful grandchildren, from 6 months to 12
years old, to keep me smiling. I am a member of P.E.O. and two book
clubs. A dear friend introduced me to stamping 21 years ago, and I've been at
it ever since! The vegetable garden, reading, cooking, camping, and
traveling the world are my other passions. My blog can be found at www.denajhughes.blogspot.com
She will be bringing the cards you send to her to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, WA and her address is:
Dena is ready to receive your cards now and will need all kinds of cards appropriate for children (watch the side of the blog for updates from all volunteers on current needs.)
We are also welcoming Jen Reece as a new volunteer serving Connecticut Children's Hospital in Hartford, CT, but please hold off sending cards to Jen until after August 13th. Here is the intro bio Jen shared with us:
Graphic designer by day, crafter by night! I have been doing
arts and crafts as long as I can remember, starting with mud sculptures(!) and
progressing to embroidery, cross stitch and crewel work; handicrafts and
leather; scrapbooking, origami and other paper crafts; pottery/porcelain
throwing; and glass blowing! I am hoping to build a stained glass studio in my
basement next year. I want to learn to knit as well as crochet--someday. In my
spare time, I volunteer at the local animal shelter walking dogs and
socializing cats. I am married to my college sweetie and “mom” to a 3-year old
Newfoundland named Kira. I have been volunteering with SAS4K for a few years
and am really looking forward to spreading smiles and joy to “my own” hospital
Send a Smile 4 Kids was featured in an article in the July 2nd issue of Women's World, a nationally published magazine available in most grocery stores. On page 54, there was a sweet article about a little girl who was born with health issues and how this miracle baby survived and thrived. At the bottom of the article, there was a portion that stated her mother read cards to her to help her recover and listed three organizations where the readers could send their handmade cards to make a difference. SAS4Kids was #1 and the note listed our website asking for "fun, colorful, homemade" cards for our kids!
In other news, SAS4Kids is celebrating a milestone on July 21st on our challenge side. It is our 175th challenge starting that date and we are celebrating with a huge blog hop with the theme of Christmas in July 4 Kids. It is never too early to start making holiday and Christmas cards for our kids so that every child inpatient in the many children's hospitals we serve not only receives a Christmas or holiday card, but can also pick out some for special medical staff and loved ones they are missing over the holidays.
We have 17 stops on our blog hop and over 30 prizes you could win just by commenting on one or more of the stops. Too busy to hop and comment? No problem. Comment on one blog and you have one chance to win. Comment on all and you have 17 chances and if you enter the challenge with a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child and you will have a chance at winning 8 prizes which will be drawn randomly for 8 winners! So be sure to stop over there between July 21st and August 3rd and see how you can win some great prizes from our wonderful sponsors!