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Share Handmade Kindness Card Shower + BIG Giveaway!

Hello! Week 3 of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge is focused on kids. Although we can participate by giving cards to kids in our own lives, I thought it would be good to give to some kids who could especially use a smile.

So… this week I am also hosting what I call a “Card Shower.” This means I am asking everyone to send in happy cards to two children that are battling cancer. If you have time, you can also create a card for their family members. These kids need smiles – and we can do that!

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I found two kids – a girl and a boy – who are battling cancer. First I will introduce the kids, then I will share details on how you send cards.

CARDS FOR EMILY

Sweet Emily is 6 and has been fighting cancer (Neuroblastoma) since the age of 4. You can learn more about her at Prayers for Emily.

emily

If you would like to send Emily cards, here is some information to keep in mind:

  • Emily is 6.
  • She likes dark pink, outdoors, babies, swimming and animals. Since she is learning to read, simple messages are great. Also, if a child wants to send a picture (photo or drawing) that would be something she would love.
  • Family members:
  • Sister: Evelyn (age 3 1/2)… who would love to get cards, also! Evelyn likes pink and purple. She also likes camping, climbing, shoes and playing dress up.
  • Mom: Myra
  • Dad: Charlie

CARDS FOR XANDER

Kind-hearted Xander is 10 years old and was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a bone/soft tissue cancer) at age 6. He has a tumor in his hip and tumors in his lungs. He’s currently on his 4th relapse and under hospice care. You can learn more about him at Strength for Xander.

Xander

If you would like to send Xander cards, here is some information to keep in mind:

  • Xander is 10.
  • He loves sports, especially paintball and baseball. He also likes all kinds of arts and crafts. He’s a movie junkie and can watch the same ones over and over!
  • Family members:
    • Brother: Jaden (age 14)… who loves soccer, Legos, history, the military and airplanes.
    • Mom: Angie… who loves scrapbooking!
    • Dad: James

CARD SHOWER DETAILS

Here are some important details. Please read! It is simple, helpful info:

  • This Card Shower will be going on through 12/15/15. I need to receive your card by 12/15/15. (International folks – if yours gets here late, that is ok!)
  • PLEASE, do not use messages of get well soon, feel better, etc. Instead please use messages of happiness. Some suggestions include: sending smiles, thinking of you, kids’ jokes, hello, you rock, etc. Keep the cards very happy, uplifting, and kid friendly. Christmas/holiday/etc. cards are welcome.
  • All cards need to have a message in it – stamped or handwritten.
  • Please sign your name and where you are from inside the card.
  • Get your kids involved! Kids love to get cards from other kids.
  • The family members of Emily and Xander would also enjoy receiving cards – especially the siblings. I shared their info above, too. So feel free to send cards for them!
  • I have done Card Drives in the past and those are about collecting as many cards as possible. This Card Shower is different – it is not about quantity but rather quality of the message. Put your heart into it – that is all that is needed! One card per kid is good. (Additional cards can be directed towards family members. Or maybe your kids could also make cards for the Card Shower.)
  • Please stick to just cards – standard size 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ or smaller.
  • If you want to send a gift other than a card, please email me. We will try to arrange something to make that happen. (If you would like, you could always put a simple gift card inside to Target or Toys R Us, etc. But this is not at all expected. This is really just about cards.)
  • You can send the card(s) in a package. Or, you can send the card in an envelope as you normally would but addressed to me. When I get it, I will switch it to a plain envelope with the child’s name.
  • If you want to be considered for a prize, please include a post-it note for me in the envelope/package with your name and email address clearly written. For the prize, there is one entry per person, not per card sent in.
  • If you send your card in a package, please do not seal the card envelopes. The parents may want to peek at the card before giving it to the child.

I am personally (with the help of my family!) collecting the cards and will send them on to the family. (I didn’t want the families to deal with the hassle of lots of cards trickling in. This way they will get a couple of boxes of cards and can open when they need them most.) You can send cards to here:

Jennifer McGuire
Attn: Card Shower
PO Box 42820
Cincinnati, OH 45242

If you have questions, please email me.

CARD SHOWER GIVEAWAY

Normally when I do Card Drives, I have a long list of prizes that you are eligible to win if you send in cards. However, for this Card Shower, I really want to keep it simple and keep the focus on the kindness we are sharing. So I am offering one great prize instead.

Of the cards I receive for this Card Shower, I will randomly pick a winner of a $200 crafty prize, including stamps, dies, Copic Markers, and more.

Only one entry per person, no matter how many cards you send. Again, this is about putting our heart into cards for these two kids and their family. To be eligible, I must receive your card for the Card Shower by 12/15/15. The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the 12/20/15. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.

Do you think you can participate? Leave a comment telling me what card ideas you have for these sweet kid’s and their families. Let’s brighten their day! xo

 

The Card Shower logo was kindly created by Mommy Lhey. Be sure to check out her stamps – I will be using them soon.


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130 thoughts on “Share Handmade Kindness Card Shower + BIG Giveaway!”

  1. My daughter (who is 12 and loves to make cards) and I think that she will make cards for the kids and I will make cards for the parents. She also might send a drawing or something like that. Love this idea! Thank you so much!

  2. I will be having 5 of my grandkids to my house for Thanksgiving and I have all the craft “fixings” for stations for them to craft, cards and ornaments. I try to teach them that crafting is not about the end product it is about the giving of yourself. I am so excited I can hardly wait for them to dig into the projects.

  3. Jennifer, your kindness and generosity inspire me on a daily basis. I cannot wait to get in my craft room and make some cards for these two lovely families.

  4. I can’t think of a single other person who’s heart is as big as yours. What a wonderful idea and a great break from Christmas cardmaing. Right now, my pea-brain is in overload, so I can’t think of any unique ideas, but I’ll be working on it.

  5. I have some baseball stamps so I am thinking that I will use them for Xander’s card and for Emily I am thinking of making a diorama card with lots of animals on it!! I am also going to make a “paper dolls” card for Evelyn. Thanks for doing this!!!

  6. What a great idea. Kids love getting surprises…OK, adults too! I have lots of critter stamps and I am sure to find something uplifting in the sentiment department. I recently walked in their shoes. Cancer is no fun! Hugs to you Jennifer for all you do!

  7. I will be sending a card to each child and their siblings. I am so glad that you thought to include them, too. I will probably send brightly colored “you are special” cards since I don’t have a lot of kiddy images.

  8. Yes we will be participating. My 9 year old daughter and I will be sending rainbow and sunshine cards and maybe video game / movie cards.

  9. So many kids battling cancer everywhere. It’s nice to have 2 families that would like to receive a smile & a hug through our cards. I don’t have kids, but I know I have some fun sentiments & puppy stamps, so maybe they will work for kids. Thanks for organizing this, Jennifer!

  10. No little ones at home anymore to help make cards but I’ve got all kinds of ideas floating around in my head. I’m thinking something with my TH Crazy Birds might be just the thing or maybe some Paper Smooches Cute Critters might make an appearance.

    What a wonderful idea!
    You rock Jennifer!!

  11. I love this!! I will definitely be sending something in. I will ask my nephew to create with me 🙂 I have a lot of adorable critter images and uplifting/happy quotes, of course 🙂

  12. my brother hand a neuroblastoma in 1961 when treatments where very different that today. I always tell him he was a guinea pig. The University of MN studied him (and the other children with the disease) extensively. He had surgery at four and six months old. I suspect he holds a record for one of the longest living cancer survivors at 54 years. I will put both Emily and Xander and their families in my prayers

  13. I’m DEFINITELY participating and getting my kids in!!! I also have a 6 years old girl and a 10 yrs old boy. God bless ALL kids!!! ??

  14. I think this is an awesome idea. I think Paper Smooches images are especially kid friendly – the googly eyes are pretty great! I plan on using those for my cards for both kids! Thank you for using your online presence to do good.

  15. Dawn Woleslagle’s (WPLUS9) Unforgettable (Elephant) and Party Animals sets come to mind along with The Little Drummer Boy Set. I think all of the kids would love to have a spinner Card made with Mama Elephant’s Reindeer Games set.

    My youngest grand child is called Xander (Alexander Chase) for short. I gulped back a sob when I saw that name. I will definitely be participating in this chance to share Handmade Kindness for Kids. You are so good to coordinate this. I guarantee that this kindness will never be forgotten.

  16. Since Emily has a sibling who loves pink too, I will have my 4 year old daughter draw a picture of a girl. She is more creative than I am. I have stamps of little girls and boys, so I will include them.
    You are an inspiration, Jennifer.

  17. You are amazing for organizing the card shower for such amazing kids. I will get my family involved and send You Rock and Hello cards. I will also include some holiday cards.

  18. I have been looking for something to get my daughter’s class (4th grade) involved in related to card making, I will talk with the teacher and if she agrees will take supplies for all of them to make cute cards, Will let you know if it works out. if not I will be sending cards from me and my daughter. Thank you for the inspiration.

  19. Count me in. I don’t have an idea yet of what it will be, but I think I will get my granddaughter involved, she loves pink, so the girly card will be easy for her. We will come up with something. This is a wonderful idea. I am so blessed every single day for my 3 healthy sons, and 3 healthy grandchildren, that it seems wrong not to reach out to someone who isn’t healthy.

  20. Life is CRAZY for me right now…BUT, I will try to squeeze time in for these families that are also dealing with cancer up close. I’m thinking maybe a pretty butterfly for Emily. And for Xander, I think I have an alien on a skateboard that says “you rock!”….

    I should make cards for my kids, too, though….they’ve been such a huge blessing now that we’re caring for my best friend’s toddlers while she’s at chemo. Focusing on kids this week is where I’m at! 🙂

  21. You are amazing and I am deeply touched by your Kindness this week! I hope it will be okay IF I send you two sweet little “Christmas” cards for the kids! I’m really sick right now and not able to create new cards, but I do have some adorable cards I created earlier this month! 🙂 Big Hugs and thanks for such a wonderful idea!

    I also have send cards to a sweet little girl named “Lauryn” who is battling Childhood Leukemia…I have been part of her card drive and since she first started her battle.

    You can read about her on the Side Bar on my Blog and if ANYONE would like to send her a card, it would be wonderful….

    Big Hugs,
    Lisa

  22. This a great idea I can’t wait to get started on this. I have two daughters the same age as Emily and her sister; I am sure they will want to be involed in this project too. I can’t image what it would be like being a parent of a child with cancer. I think the whole family needs as much support, love and prayer as we can give.

  23. I will surely be making something for the kids and their siblings and parents. I would love a stamp set dedicated for this purpose — kid friendly and uplifting and happy with appropriate sentiments. It would be wonderful to see a company like Hero Arts or Simon Says Stamp design a set for making cards for sick kids.

  24. What an awesome idea! I’m in. I think the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds would be perfect for this. Who doesn’t smile when you see them, in bright wacky water-colors, on the front of a card!

  25. This is a lovely idea. I’m so glad you made a note of the kinds of greetings to put in the cards, I think this is very important.
    Thanks for heading up these ‘showers’

  26. I’ll be sending in cards for the families. I think my Lawn Fawn stamps & SSS kits are going to be put to good
    use. I have a great niece & nephew that love to craft- I’ll get them to help out.

  27. Jennifer, you are a special person & I hope God blesses you for your compassion. Our family has been touched by Cancer & it’s a journey that nobody should face alone. Having support, & the kindness of others can mean all the difference in the world. If I can’t send cards, I will definitely send my prayers up to Heaven. God bless everyone who takes part!

  28. What a great idea…loved the concept of the card shower…will also get my niece involved…
    I already have a few ideas in mind for the cards…for Xander, I am thinking paint splatters as he loves paint-ball and art…
    Thanks for organizing this!

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