Cards for Kate Card Drive

Hello, cardmakers.  If you are like me, you love any excuse to make a card.  And it is even better when it can be given to someone who really needs it.  Don't you agree?  Yep – it is time for a new Card Drive – a Cards for Kate Card Drive

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Here is some info about Kate:

About 6 weeks ago the life of the McRae family changed forever when their precious 5 year old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Dad (Aaron) is a pastor in Arizona and he and his wife, Holly have two other children, Will and Olivia.  Of course this is devastating for the whole family and many are praying for them.   (Go to www.prayforkate.com to learn more about this family and their struggle).  Kate has a rough road ahead of her for quite awhile.  When you hear their story you will want to do anything you can to help.

And one thing we can do to help is to send cards to Kate and her family to encourage them, give them strength, and let them know how many people are thinking about and praying for them.  And the most generous and kind people in the world are crafters so we thought we’d have a Cards for Kate Card DriveThis time I have two rockin' friends helping me out – Jana Millen and Kristina Proffitt.  Be sure to watch their blogs for more info, etc.

Think of how much it would encourage this family to receive cards from all over the world.  You can simply send the cards to me. We will then box them up and pay to send them to Kate's parents.  (We have already gotten the ok from them.)

The details:

  • Cards can be for any member of Kate's family:

                           -  Kate (age 5) – The sweet girl who is battling cancer.
                           -  Little brother Will, age 4.
                           -  Bigger sister Olivia, age 7.
                           -  Mom and Dad, Aaron and Holly.

  • Cards can be anything cheery, encouraging, supportive, etc.  (This family is a family of God, so for all you Christians out there, feel free to share messages of Faith.)  Anyone can send a card – even your children!
  • Please write a message in the card and sign your name and where you are from.  On the card envelope, please write the name of who the card is for (Kate, Will, Olivia, Aaron and/or Kate).  Also, please don't seal the envelope, as Kate's parents might want to preview cards before the kids see them.
  • With your cards, please include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and number of cards.  We will keep these for picking out prizes.  For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.  (See below.)
  • The cards should be sent to:

                        Jennifer McGuire
                 
       Card Drive for Kate
                 
       PO Box 428612
                 
       Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

  • Please send the cards to arrive by October 15. This should give enough time for those overseas to play along. As we get enough to fill a box to send to Kate's family, we will send them.  This way they don't get them all at once.  And since they are having some struggles lately, the sooner we get some cards, the better.  You are welcome to still send in cards!
  • If you want to send more than just a card (such as a gift), please just send directly to the address given HERE.  Stickers, things to color, etc are welcome.
  • If you want to donate money to Kate's family, please click HERE.  If you want to help cover the costs of shipping, feel free to include some money in with your cards.  Any money leftover will be donated to the family.  (But there is NO need to include money.)

And… how about some prizes as a thank you for participating?  For all the cards we get, we will pick random winners of some great prizes.  Click HERE for up-to-date prize info.  Stuff will be added soon and often.  Please keep in mind that winners will be pick based on piece of paper you include with your cards with your name and info. So, be sure to include it!

Thank you everyone,

Jennifer, Kristina and Jana

ETA: We are now collecting cards for Eric, too.  Here is information…

As you know, we have received an AMAZING amount of cards for Kate.  Wow.  You are all amazing.  So we thought we would bring another child into the drive.  This way, if you still want to make cards or make more cards, you can make them for this child.  Just spreading the joy around a bit.  If you have already sent cards, those will go to Kate and her family.  But any future ones – it would be great if they were made for Eric and his family.  (You will be eligible for the same prizes.)  In hopes that we can get cards for him, too, we will extend the deadline just a touch – the prizes will be drawn on October 31 – so you have time to get them in before we pick prize winners.

OK… on to Eric…

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UPDATED TO ADD: I am very sorry to say that Eric passed away in October.  However, you are still welcome to send cards for his family.

I found out about Eric from my friend Kathy Rocoosin.  Eric has ALD.  (ALD is an inherited recessive genetic disorder linked to the X chromosome.  The 1992 movie "Lorenzo's Oil" brought this rare disorder to the world's attention.)  He was diagnosed on May 18th, and his little brother received the same diagnosis on May 29th. For information and updates on Eric, you can visit his website HERE.

Eric's mom, Leslie says, “Eric is a fighter and he has endured a tremendous amount.  I am confident that he will not surrender.  The docs have not thrown the towel in and we have not either… so pray hard everyone because we really do need a miracle.”

Eric will be 9 on 10/26.  He has a sister (Rachel – 7) and brother (Jacob – 5).  His dad is Bob and his mom is Leslie.

All the "guidelines," mailing info, etc is the same as for Kate.  You can find it all HERE.  Again, we would love it if you mailed the cards to arrive here by October 31.

I know I have asked a lot from you all to send cards for Kate and her family.  But if you could just do it one more time – this time for Eric and his family – that would be wonderful.  Imagine how much it would make him smile. 

Thanks, everyone.

Hugs.

67 CommentsGiving Back

  1. Shirlee Bouck

    Dear Jennifer,
    I know there has been some question about the ages of Olivia and Will. Olivia turned 7 this summer and Will turned 4 this summer. Thank you for reaching out to the McRaes! We all have been so blessed with the kindness of so many people since this journey with Kate started. We have an incredible God that I believe has put Kate on the hearts of MANY people. We are forever grateful! I’m hoping to get something made along with Kate’s cousin”s. If you have any questions about the family you may email me at shirleebouck@mac.com. Thanks again for taking the time to organize this and even making it more fun with prizes! Grandma Shirlee (Holly’s mom).

  2. Jenny Mulnix

    I think it would be nice to send a bunch of blank thank yous too, for Holly to send out. I have a group and church that would be interested in making thank yous. Do you think this is a good idea?

  3. Jennifer~ thank you kindly for posting this card drive info. It is indeed amazing how the crafting community can make such an impact. Even more so how word of mouth can accomplish so much. Best yet, may this impact us all to pray that our loving God in his ever-loving mercy will be with this family and get them through this trying time. Let us pray for Kate, her siblings and parents to receive the special miracle of healing. All things are possible in Christ. If we bind together in faith great things begin to happen.
    Look forward to creating my cards & sending them with all my love soon.
    Blessings to you and your family too Jen!

  4. I shipped mine to you Friday. I also posted about this on my blog. My prayers are with this family.

  5. Becky Milt...

    I sent quite a few cards…I left many blank so that maybe the family could use them to send out to friends/family. I hope that was ok…

  6. You also count me in i pray for kate.

    missy

  7. This is so wonderful this action.
    My cards are made, and packed, just the post office was closed in the afternoon. But Monday morning they’ll start their long journey to you.

    May God bless you for your kindness and give them strength.

  8. Jennifer I sent a small package with some cards for Kate and Eric. Did you got them?

    Laura K. from Germany???

  9. I’ll try to get you two cards real quick!

  10. just saw the updated info with Eric and his fam. will get another pkg. out on Monday! thank you for doing all of this! :)

  11. Hello, I sent cards out yesterday for both causes. Thank you so much for organizing and doing this. You are an angel- did you know that? Have a great trip. Good luck at your class in a couple weeks in Columbus.

  12. Frances

    Sorry to hear the news about Eric. God bless him and his family. I pray that God gives them peace and comfort in these moments.

  13. Hannah Means

    Dana expressed my sentiments exactly and beautifully. Is there some way that I could send a sympathy card to Eric’s parents and continue to send cards to Kate and her family?

  14. Hannah Means

    I heartily second what Dana just said so beautifully! Is there any way to send Eric’s parents a sympathy card and continue sending cards to Kate and her family? thanks

  15. Marilyn L

    How is the family doing? I have kept them in my prayers and know that God does hear all requests. Be sure to tell them that many many people are praying for them.

  16. Marilyn L

    Do you have an update on Kate and Eric? My prayers are with them and their families.

  17. Marilyn L

    How is Kate doing? I haven’t seen an update. I hope the holidays were good to her and her family. Have the prizes been distributed yet?

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