Thursday, January 25, 2018 Article on the Benefits of Handmade Cards and List of Where You Can Send Yours

"Like all hobbyists, card makers love what we do. Card making is fun and a great outlet for creative expression. Many would even call it therapeutic, as the benefits of art therapy are well known. But did you know that when we make cards we are actually making the world a better place, one card at a time, for other people, too?"

That quote is from an article on the website about the benefits of handmade cards vs. store bought cards and Send a Smile 4 Kids is one of the suggested charitable organizations listed in the article to send your extra cards to. 

Here is a link to the article:
I highly recommend you read the article and check out the wonderful list of various places we can share our handmade cards with to help cheer kids, soldiers, military wives and others.

Most of our volunteers are posting on the side of this home page their current needs (but you can also send your cards to those who have not posted there.)  Next we would like spring and Easter cards as well as Mother's Day and Father's Day cards for the kids to give to their loved ones on those days. 

Sending smiles 4 our kids, Karen 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Shipper News for Nationwide Children's

Happy New Year from all of us at Send A Smile 4 Kids! Here's hoping all of you have enjoyed a  joyous holiday season.

Sybrina here with news about a shipper change for one of our hospitals. Starting today, Anne Slattery is taking over shipping duties for Nationwide Children's. A brief scan of the Gratitude and Activity page shows that many of you already know Anne, who ships SAS4Kids cards to three other hospitals. I know she will do a fabulous job for the kids at Nationwide Children's. Thank you so much, Anne! Your kindness and generosity mean so much to me.

Anne has let me know she is in need of Valentines but has plenty of other cards at this time. If you are a regular sender to my address, please send any other cards to any of the other volunteers. (Check the side of the home page for current needs.)

 I can't tell you how much I will miss the joy of opening all your amazing packages. Nor can I tell you how many design ideas you've inspired. (If hubby were here, he'd tell you about all those stamp sets I've just had to buy after seeing your adorable cards! LOL) The former math teacher in me thought it would be interesting to crunch a few numbers. In 2+ years, I've received over 6000 cards from 60+ different cardmakers. Some of you sent a few packages and/or packages with a few cards. Some of you sent packages on a regular basis and/or packages regularly crammed full of cards. All cards were made with love, and all packages were lovingly received. Along the way, many of you have become friends. Thank you all for the kindnesses you've shown to me these past few years. More importantly, thank you soooooo much for the big smiles you've brought to little faces at Nationwide Children's.

I'm happy to say that I'm continuing in three SAS4Kids roles: 1) DT member, 2) winners' post author, and 3) cardmaker. So, here's to seeing you on the SAS4Kids Challenge page!  :)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Send a Smile 4 Kids Featured on Martha!

I am honored to share that Send a Smile 4 Kids is one of four organizations and four different ways crafters can send handmade cards for kids featured in an on line article at Martha! Here is a link to the article:

All four organizations featured are worthy causes and all help kids which is what we are all about. Please take a minute to read the article and check out different ways you can help cheer kids both during this holiday season and beyond.

Stamping smiles 4 kids, Karen 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Announcing Three New Hospitals Full of Kids to Help Cheer!

Three of our current volunteers have recently added three more children's hospitals to bring the cards you send them to, and help cheer the kids who are inpatient in them!

Anne Slattery had added St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. as it noted below her picture on the right.

Jill Blasche has added Texas Children's Hospital-Katy, in Houston, TX as another hospital we are serving.

And Janet Bailey has added Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN.                           

All the hospitals we currently serve are under the pictures of the wonderful volunteers on the right. They also post current needs there so be sure to read those before sending in your cards.

As we continue to grow, we really appreciate the handmade cards you send to each of our volunteers! Right now we are still accepting Halloween cards and fall cards for a short while. Our next big push will be for Christmas and winter holiday cards. We would love for each child inpatient in the children's hospitals we serve over the holidays to not only receive a card, but also be able to pick out a few to give to special people they are missing or to the medical staff who care for them. The gift of giving is a wonderful thing to share. Thank you!

Stamping smiles 4 kids, Karen

P.S. Many of our volunteers would also like Thanksgiving cards or fall cards that can be used that way. Perhaps send them with your Halloween cards in October or early in November. Thanks!