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 that SAS4Kids continues to grow and we have a new volunteer and two more hospitals full of kids your cards can bring joy to! Angie Seyer lives in South Dakota and she is ready to receive your handmade cards for kids in these hospitals:
Avera McKennan Hospital - Pediatrics
Sioux Falls, SD
Avera St. Luke's Hospital
*Edited to add: Angie has already added another location to those she will serve: Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls, SD!**
I asked Angie to share a little about herself and she said this:
My Mom and I have been making cards for about 10 years. I have sent cards to SAS4Kids and now look forward to sending cards to hospitals in my home state! The smiles the cards will bring is why we do it. Thank you for this opportunity.
Angie will need any day cards, thank yous, birthday, smile/cheer and baby cards.
We are still looking for more volunteers and hospitals as all our volunteers have been receiving more cards than the hospitals can use. If you think you might like to volunteer and know of a children's hospital or two close to you, please contact us via our Facebook page or email Karen at khasheck at gmail.com or Janet Kay Bailey (who is the leader of the volunteers) at bspruce2000 at yahoo dot com.
Thanks for helping us bring smiles to kids' faces!
We have been blessed with so many of you sending in your awesome cards for our kids. But most of our volunteers are actually receiving more cards than their hospitals can use. Each of our volunteers do put specific requests and needs on the side of this blog, so please read those before sending in your cards.
Send a Smile 4 Kids needs more volunteers in different areas of the United States who would be willing to accept cards from our donors at their addresses (which we do have to share here on our website), sort them, label the back and bring or send them to one or more children's hospitals in your area who have agreed to accept them. You could deliver or send them as often as you like, but for sure before every major holiday and in between as needed.
Do you like to help make kids smile? Would you be willing to contact children's hospitals in your area and see if they would like to receive handmade cards for their kids who are inpatient on holidays and any other day of the year? You can refer them to all the pages on the top of this blog for all the information they would need.
We would love to help more kids and serve more hospitals and need your help so we can continue to grow. Please contact Karen using the email address in the Contact Us page if you are interested in knowing more or would like to volunteer.
"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 Scrapbook.com 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: https://www.scrapbook.com/articles/cards-for-charity. 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
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! :)