Monday, January 23, 2023

 Welcome, 2023

2022 has come to a close and we're welcoming in the New Year with a card challenge, the collection of spring cards, and hopefully some growth in the number of hospitals we serve. 

Check out our Challenge page to see all the examples and play along! The challenge guidelines can be found on our Challenge Rules Tab, and that's also where you'll find directions to upload your card. Our challenges start on the first Saturday of the month. It's a lot of fun and we'd love to see what you're creating!

Some shippers are accepting spring and non-religious Easter cards (those are cards with bunnies, chicks, easter eggs, and the like.) Please check the Current Needs page to see who is requesting these and other themes. Everyday cheerful and encouragement cards are never "too late." 

I am hoping that all COVID restrictions will be lifted and all our hospitals will be accepting cards again this year. I would also like to grow our small group of hospitals so we can bring smiles to more children and their families. 

Thank you for visiting Send a Smile 4 Kids!

Have a safe and happy 2023!



Friday, December 23, 2022

Happy Holidays!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to SAS4Kids. From one or two cards to big boxes of many—we couldn't reach as many children and their families without your dedication and creativity! 

Wishing you all the best for a wonderful 2023!

Friday, September 9, 2022

 Hello and happy fall!

I recently received an email from a hospital contact, thanking me for sending cards to the patients. She mentioned how happy the cards made the recipients—a little unexpected gift on an otherwise average day in the hospital. The patients were smiling and showing their cards to one other, admiring all the different styles and images on them. This is the reason we do what we do! 

Having recently spent a couple of days as a patient, I was struck by how many people were there to help me. I met more than 30 people who were responsible for some part of my care. I can only imagine how overwhelming that must be for a child. I learned that any little kindness from home or the hospital staff made my dat a little easier. I am now more determined to continue sending cards and to expand our efforts to reach more children. 

So, if you work for a hospital or know of a children's hospital or pediatric department who might benefit from receiving our cards, please email me their contact information. (sas4kidsjen at gmail.com) Perhaps it's a hospital near you, or one who helped you as a child. We would love to spread cheer to as many patients as we can using the amazing hand-made cards we receive. 

Coming up on the challenge side, our winners of the August contest will be announced soon! September's challenge is "cute fall or Halloween cards 4 kids," and runs through the end of the month. Check out the great examples for the SAS4Kids Design Team by clicking on the Challenge Tab! Consider uploading your own card or leaving some love for those who have uploaded theirs. Our challenge is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike. We hope to see you all there!

Happy crafting!


Thursday, June 2, 2022

We’re growing again!

 

I am happy to announce we have added a new hospital to our SAS4Kids Family. A wonderful Child Life Specialist who had worked with us in a different hospital contacted us for her new employer. The first box of cards is going to Lowell General Hospital in MA on Monday. I am excited to share the talents of our wonderful cardmakers with a new group of kids, families, and caregivers. 

 

Our June challenge will go live on the first Saturday of the month, June 4. Join the fun by submitting your kid-friendly card. The theme is Cards for Teens/Tweens. Specifications and all the important deets are in the Challenge Rules tab and non-bloggers can upload cards as well!

 

Enjoy your summer!