Caring Hearts Card Drive 2014

Holiday time is approaching and we are back for the 5th year for our annual Caring Hearts Card Drive to collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. Last year we received over 3600 cards and we hope to collect even more this time around!

As we celebrate this milestone, Vera Yates (the true mastermind behind this card drive) and I are excited to continue this journey and we really hoping that we can bring holiday cheers to as many nursing homes as possible.

We have a few ladies helping us in collecting the cards. Vera is collecting some and Tina Schrof is working with me in collecting the cards. And to support the nursing homes that are located in Canada, we have Anita Recksiedler and Caroline Bredeson helping out for our Canada joint venture. And Linda Langes in Australia! Since international shipping is expensive, those of you in Canada can mail your cards to Anita or Caroline and they’ll distribute the cards.
The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time many of the elderly who lives in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn’t it be so awesome if we can bring a smile to their face & brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten.We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to others, right? Some helpful people already agree to help us deliver the cards to selected nursing homes.

A few important details:

  • We need to receive your card by November 28, 2014.
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card – your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message in it.
  • Please sign your name and where you are from.
  • Please include an envelope for each card and please don’t seal the envelope.
  • Please stick to just cards (standard size A2 or 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).
  • Please don’t use any pins for safety reasons.
  • This is totally optional: If you’d like to include $1 or $2 to help with shipping, it would be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves – with no sponsor – so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously. However, this is NOT necessary.
  • In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM This helps us in keeping track for prizes! For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.
  • You can mail the cards to any of these addresses:
    • Vera Yates, 109 N. Post Oak Lane Ste. 430, Houston, TX 77024
    • Card Drive, c/o Tina Schrof, PO Box 75, Springboro, OH 45066 (NOTE: If you mailed to this address and it was returned, please email me. The post office made an error and I will reimburse you. The address works now!)
    • Caroline Bredseson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S  1L9, Canada
    • Piney-Fine, Attn: Anita, PO Box 30, Piney, MBR0A 1 K0, Canada
    • Linda Langes, ℅ Gilston State School, 588 Worongary Rd, GILSTON  QLD  4211 AUSTRALIA

Once we collect cards, we will then distribute them to volunteers all over the country (and Canada) to take to various nursing homes.

To thank you for participating in this drive, we have many PRIZES for lucky contributors. A huge thank you to all the fabulous companies who support this card drive by donating awesome prizes! (Please note that there will also be a blog hop in celebration of this card drive soon… and we will have more prizes from Simon Says Stamp, Online Card Classes, Inspiration Emporium and Verve Stamps for that also!)


(When you next do some crafty shopping, please consider supporting these generous companies!)

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249 thoughts on “Caring Hearts Card Drive 2014”

  1. Jennifer – Patrick and I would be happy to help out with this. We have several nursing homes here in my area and we will give them a call tomorrow or Monday. I will get in touch with you no later than Tuesday to let you know what we found out. Thank you for doing this.

  2. Jennifer, I have a nusing home close to me, Bailey Place. Since u are in the area u may have heard of it. I will be more than happy to deliver cards there. I will also be making cards for this cause.

  3. Wow what an amazing opportunity to bless others with some Christmas cheer. Great to see some connections here in Canada to send cards too. I haven’t taken part in anything like this Jennifer since you did the Cards For Kids a while back. Thanks to you and Vera for organizing this and for always going the extra mile to reward folks for their creations, which really isn’t necessary, but generous just the same. Gonna play along this time and so excited to see my fellow Flicker Friend Anita helping you out this time around. Thanks for always being so kind and caring. Hugs.

  4. Dear Jennifer,

    There are two nursing homes in walking distance from my house. When I have finished reading magazines, I drop them off there. Many years ago when I was much younger I belonged to a social group that delivered fruit baskets to these nursing homes. Two of my aunts spent their final days there. During the holiday season the residents look forward to the little gifts that the employees provide for them.

  5. Hi Jennifer. I live in Victoria, BC, in Canada. We have a few nursing homes here that I’ve been thinking of dropping cards off to, and also some Canadian Legion low-income senior’s housing as well. I’d be happy to collect and distribute cards on behalf of others, if you still need people for this?

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    What a sweet idea and lovely cause! Im stationed here with my husband in Augusta, GA (Were both in the Navy). There are several nursing homes in my area with retired military as well. If I could please help bring cards, I would love to! If I make cards, should I keep them to save on shipping?

  7. These cards will not be mailed individually, right? Just wondering if they need to be one-layer or if it’s OK to use some embellishments that are not totally flat… Thanks for getting this great project rolling!

  8. Jennifer,
    I would love to participate in distributing cards. We moved my Mom into Memory Care (MN) this past May so holds even stronger significance for me than before.
    Special thanks to you & your friends.

  9. I have a couple of nursing homes in my area in Tamarac and Plantation Florida. I would be happy to deliver cards to each of them. I am also going to tell some friends and make some cards too!

  10. I was so excited to see your latest post re: doing this where we live. I love to make cards and would love to volunteer to do this at a local nursing home. Please tell me how I can get involved. I have a dear friend who works at this certain nursing home. I will ask her who I should talk to there. -Alma

  11. Jennifer, thank you and the others for this project. I, too, donate to a small Care Center (66 bed facility) here in Southwest Missouri and to OWH. Since OWH is able to slow down at this time I will probably be able to send some cards this year and will plan for next year. Again thank you for this service and for all the great information you share with us. Let me know if you need someone to deliver for this area.

  12. What a glorious idea. I have a question I need an answer to so I am hoping you will have time to answer it as I begin making cards for this program. When you say “message” inside do you mean a stamped message or a personal message that I write. Thank you and may God bless you.

  13. This is a great idea, I have two close to where I work. But the most dearest one is Plantation Bay in St. Cloud, FL. My mom was there for three months, made good friends there.
    If I can be of help and deliver some cards to them I will be happy to.

    Thank you.


  14. There’s a nursing home here in my city of Cedar Rapids iowa where several if my family members have lived, and currently a family member works there. I’d be glad to deliver cards

  15. I read somewhere that you are looking for people to suggest nursing homes and take cards to them. I sent you an email but thought I should also post here. I know of two nursing homes close to me that would be delighted to have cards. I am in Nebraska so if you need someone I would love to do it.

  16. I loved participating in this drive and will continue to do so! Do these cards have to be handmade though? I plan on buying cards and having each member of my family fill them out, and just making the ones that I will sign (not enough crafty tome for me). Thanks!

  17. Jennifer,
    I would love to deliver some cards to a nursing home here in Maine. Our Pastor is a Chaplin to a local nursing home and he would love to deliver the cards. What a great idea!
    Thank you for all you do.

  18. Fabulous idea Jennifer!! Love, love it!! And yes, you have a HUGE caring heart to think of this idea to share with folks who may be forgotten this season…I had a Gpa in the nursing home for 7 years, was hard for my parents to get there often enough to visit. I am sure something like this would’ve been a nice feeling! It is an inspiration to me to help others and GIVE this Holiday Season. Along with this Caring Hearts drive, I too will be making cards to send to local nursing homes in my area! Happy Card Making & Happy Holidays early everyone 🙂

    Gail – Huntley IL

  19. I sent a box of cards to Tina Schrof at her address…. had correct postage because I took it to the post office and had them weigh it, etc and it was returned to me. Unable to forward is what it said. What happened?? Is she no longer part of this or what?

  20. This is a wonderful cause! Unfortunately, many people place their parent(s) in a home, and in their relief of having help, they get back to their busy lives and they tend to find making time to visit more and more difficult… Patients/Residents tend to be quite lonely, especially at Holiday time/Special occasions. I will plan to participate.

  21. I am so psyched about this! I absolutely love making cards and I’ve been making tons of Christmas cards lately. I live in Canada…Stouffille, ON (near Toronto) to be exact. If Caroline or Anita need any help distributing let me know. There are TONS of nursing homes near me… 10 in stouffville alone. But tons in Markham and Richmond Hill and Toronto.

    Anyways I’m going to get crafting this weekend and make a ton cards!

  22. How awesome is this. My daughter & her cheer squad did this last year in middle school. We will definitely participate.

  23. Jennifer, This is a great idea! My mom lives in a nursing home in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I would love for that nursing home to receive Christmas Cards. There are several patients who, I believe do not have family or anyone to visit them and crowd around when my sisters and I visit our mom. I would love to share the love and deliver to them (86). I also go there once a month to have a “craft party,” and the ones who attend just love it!

  24. Thanks for the email reminder!!! I need to get “hopping” on this!!! Great idea to spread the joy and peace of Christmas to others.

  25. This is such a wonderful cause! I can’t believe I have been making cards as long as I have and never had the chance to join in before! My grandfather lived in a nursing home about 100 miles from me for over 3 years. I went to visit every other Wednesday. During that time, his roommate whose daughter lived in TX, only got one visit because that daughter could not afford to make the trip. It is a hard thing to see and I am so happy to feel like I can do some small thing to help a couple of people smile this year!

  26. Thank you so much for this ministry! My cards are packed and ready to mail.

    May God richly bless you in the holiday season!

  27. Jennifer,
    Do we need to avoid glitter on the cards? I know that cards going to VA Centers follow much the same rules as Operation Write Home, i.e., no glitter, because it comes off and can get into wounds/sores.

  28. Wonderful! I’ve participated every year since it began in 2010 and I’m definitely participating again. Such a great cause…thank you for all the hard work that goes into it!

  29. Love this idea, but would like to clarify — are these cards that will be RECEIVED by the residents personally OR are they cards for the nursing home residents to SEND to other people? I think the former, but want to be sure…please confirm. thanks! hugs, Sherry

  30. There are almost a dozen very large nursing homes near me and about 40 board and care facilities in a mile radius around my home. Is be happy to distribute cards.

  31. So glad to see that you are doing this again this year! I participated last year and plan to make even more cards this time around. I donate birthday cards and holiday cards to local nursing homes already and will be happy to add a few more while I’m crafting! Having volunteered in senior communities and nursing homes for years I know how appreciative the residents are to receive cards and to be thought of!

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