Caring Hearts Card Drive 2016

Hello. We are back for the 7th year for our annual Caring Hearts Card Drive!!! I can’t believe it… and we have YOU all to thank.

The purpose of our card drive is to collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. Vera Yates started this card drive 7 years ago, in honor of her mom’s request. That first year, we collected 750 cards. And each year it continue to grow bigger. Last year we received over 22,000 cards and distribute the cards to over 100 nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia. Thank YOU!

Vera and I are excited to continue bringing holiday cheers to many nursing homes. This year, we’re branching out to the United Kingdom and this will allow us to start distributing in Europe.

The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time, many of the elderly who live in nursing homes feel lonely. Wouldn’t it be great if we brought a smile to their face & brightened their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten – that someone still thinking of them.

All you do is make cards. As many as you want and/or have time for. Anything helps! You mail them to us and we mail them out to volunteers who distribute them to nursing homes around the world.


  • This card drive end 11/25/16. We need to receive your card by 11/25/16.
  • Please make the cards for any holiday theme. Anyone can make or send a card – you, your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message inside (it can be stamped or hand written). Just saying something like, “Hope you have a wonderful holiday! Love, Jennifer in Ohio.”
  • Please sign your name and where you are from inside the card.
  • 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″) as this will help us in packing more efficiently
  • Please don’t use any pins, etc (safety reason).
  • In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM. (More on that below.)
  • This is totally optional — if you’d like to include $1 or $2 to help with shipping, it’ll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves – with no sponsor – so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously.

For US, you can mail the cards to:

  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007
  • Tina Schrof, 185 W. Pugh Drive, Springboro, OH 45066
  • Lynn Reloza, 3353 Cimmarron Road, Cameron Park, CA 95682

For Australia:

  • Linda Langes, c/o Gilston State School, 588 Worongary Road, GILSTON QLD 4211, Australia
  • Deb McCleary, PO Box 213, Heidelberg, VIC 3084, Australia

For Canada:

  • Caroline Bredeson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1L9, Canada
  • Rita Andrews, 28 West Gissing Rd, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1L6, Canada
For UK/Europe:
  • Taheerah Atchia, 36 Pinewood Crescent,Orrell, Wigan, Lancashire, WN5 8NF, United Kingdom

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 to win a prize. So the more cards you send, the better your chances.

Also, if you ‘d like to help us promote the card drive, whenever you’re sharing your projects for Caring Hearts on social media, please use the hashtag #caringheartscarddrive.

The nursing homes that we support are based on what people suggested to us. If you want your local nursing homes to receive cards from the card drive, please email me or Jennifer the name of the nursing homes and the number of residents, so we can make sure that we send enough cards. Each year, we never know how many nursing homes we can support as the number are totally based on how many cards we received. To keep things organized, we assigned the 7 collecting addresses above. This way we can keep track of the amount of cards as well as for prize purpose.

We’ll update the prize list as more prizes coming in. And huge thank you to all the fabulous, generous companies who support this card drive by donating awesome prizes.

PLATINUM PRIZES (everyone sending 100+ cards will be entered for this prize)


We will update the prize list as we get more. Check Vera’s blog often for updates.

We really appreciate your support & generosity! Now let’s get cardmaking!

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87 thoughts on “Caring Hearts Card Drive 2016”

  1. This is awesome, and this year I am going to make time to make a couple of cards to send for the card drive. It is awesome to see crafters helping people in need.

  2. Such a wonderful idea! Years ago, when a senior in high school, I worked part-time in a nursing home. It broke my heart to see some of those incredibly sweet elderly individuals forgotten/neglected by their families, especially during the holidays.
    I haven’t been making cards for long, and I’m in process of getting ready to move overseas, but I will find the time to contribute some cards to this thoughtful, caring card drive. Thank you for sharing this with card making community.

  3. I noticed that there are none for South Africa. Which address should we use if we are able to send some cards for this worthy cause?

  4. I am so excited to work on cards for the card drive. I was an activity director for thirty years inr various nursing homes. My residents love recieving mail and it also helped them to know the time of the year. These people are so special. I used to think about all the history that one building held because of the years of it’s residents. Thank you for holding this drive. You all ARE making a difference in the lives of the elderly. jakub621

  5. This is such a wonderful KIND thing that this community of crafters is doing! I just love it! Got my “Kind Hearts” stamp and I’m ready to get crafting. When you say “Holiday cards” you are referring to the Christmas Holiday correct? I have made many Fall/Thanksgiving cards, and I am wondering if those would suffice. I am thinking not as the drive goes to the day after Thanksgiving. I just want to be clear on exactly what you want. Thank you!

  6. Such a great cause. I am participating again this year. I have to print out my SUBMISSION FORM as I don’t have a working printer. So nice to see such an increase in those who participate.

  7. Jennifer, I am just speechless at the success of this campaign and so utterly thrilled to participate this year. I have a toddler and a small craft space still missing many things from moving house, so I will do my best to make many cards but I will, truly, be so grateful just to send one card in! Now that it is in the UK also, it makes it much easier to hit the deadline and I am delighted to spread so much happiness to all those who are probably pretty lonely. Thank you once again for all your compassion and for doing, sharing and caring about this.

  8. Hi Jennifer, how lovely. I consult to nursing homes as my other job to Linkcrafty. I have been wondering of ways to share my crafting love with seniors so you have no idea how much your post has helped. I will certainly be sending a batch of cards to Rita Andrews in Cochrane (as I live in Calgary). Thanks for sharing ? Cheryl

  9. Definitely going to get some cards ready for this. I have some half days at work coming up soon, so I will be able to make some time for this. My dad was in a nursing home (in another state) and passed away recently. I was able to visit him and spend a lot of time with him in the home. I saw many people who had no visitors or calls. They literally had no family or friends left in their lives. They had survived them all and were alone. Cards like these would bring a little joy in their lives.

  10. Just happened across this by accident and I am so glad I did. Earlier this month sent a box of Christmas cards to Operation Gratitude and have finished my personal Christ mas cards, so I am going through Christmas card
    withdrawal and this will certainly help. Going to start today and see how many I can get made before the deadline. It is a honor to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.

  11. I love this card drive. I am heading off for a crafty weekend getaway next weekend and hope to create a number of cards to brighten a few people’s days! It’s wonderful to be able to create different cards to celebrate the season of love, peace and joy! Thanks so much for all your work coordinating this drive!!!!

  12. Love this card drive, in my job I work with the elderly in hospital and certainly see many who don’t have family or many close people in their lives. Such a great way as you say to reach out to a stranger using a medium that we love and are passionate about. Very excited to continue creating! I’m thinking at my next card class I’ll make a box where participants can leave behind any cards they make that they wish to donate 🙂

  13. This is such an awesome cause. I will try to make as many cards as I can. I’ve never really helped anyone in my life. Well, not like this. This will be my first and I’m looking forward to it. I’m so excited to get started. Thank you Jennifer and Vera for your love and kindness to the world. God Bless you both.

  14. This is such a great cause and I want to help, but I am not very creative and usually end up copying someone else’s idea. Is that ok?

  15. Love, love this idea! Thank to Vera for starting and you for spreading this! Just ordered the sets u used and will start making cards as soon as they arrive. I’m gonna see how many others I can encourage to join me. Many many thanks! God bless, Nanelyn

  16. Love this idea and how much the card drive has grown. I’m going to try again this year – hopefully I’ll be able to get some cards sent in this year.

  17. Planning to participate but not sure how many I’ll find time to create. Love this card drive though as so many nursing home residents have no one, and it’s very sad.

  18. Well, I’m excited to join in the fun. Hope I get a prize — It’s always fun to get something extra…I go with Father Jeff Kemper to Shawneesprings Nursing Home every week do help with Mass and Prayer/Communion Services…what a wonderful way to help make the residents of nursing homes feel loved and thought of….God bless you for doing this most wonderful project. Hugs, Syl xxxooo

  19. I will participate again this year!
    I also take these cards to 3 nursing homes every year.
    It sure feels good to know my cards will go to such a great cause!
    Thanks for doing this.

  20. I have some cards ready to be signed. Just need to find a box! And I posted your info to one of my facebook groups to get some of my cardmaking friends to participate! Thanks Vera and Jennifer!

  21. Hi Jennifer, Can the cards be all the same or do u want them to be all different? I love this idea and I am in the process of making cards but was not sure. Thank you, Mary

  22. Such a great idea! I’ve been itching to use my new MISTI for a project like this – I never get to mass produce. 😉 Last year I made gifts for the elderly and the staff in my mom’s nursing home and I’m already working on gifts for this year. I think I shall give them cards too this year! I suppose the nursing homes are all in english-speaking countries? I will stick to greetings in English then.

  23. Jennifer — Would it be ok if I made Hanukkah cards for the Caring Hearts drive? I would think there are Jewish residents at some of these nursing homes …

  24. I have a lot of Christmas cards made already. Some of them have bows and rhinestones on them. Are they okay to send?

  25. This is a wonderful program. Please clarify, is it just Christmas cards? Do you want us to put the card into the envelope? Thank you.

  26. Hi all,

    Can someone clarify please – would love to participate however I won’t have time to craft individual cards, will shop bought cards be accepted? I hope so! Also, do we sign them with our names or leave it as a general message?



  27. My funds are low, however I would really love to send 100 cards. I happen to have 3 packages of precut card bases and matching envelopes that I picked up on clearance last year at Michaels. However they are 5 in x 6.5 in. Would those measurements be ok to create cards and send for this wonderful cause?

  28. I’m not going to make 100 but those that do Good luck but I did make 20 so I’m very happy with that many 🙂
    thanks for doing this
    hugs Nikki

  29. I just returned from mom’s Assisted Living facility. I shared some simple Halloween cards with the nurse aides and asked the cards be distributed to the residents during the day on 10/31. Today the staff told me the residents were thrilled with their cards, many of them brought to tears. All days today the cards were clutched in the residents hands or proudly displayed in their rooms. A simple card, nothing fancy, can bring overwhelming joy to the elderly. Giving back to the dementia patients = unbelievable joy to the card maker. We truly share a remarkable craft.

  30. So very happy and appreciative to be able to join in the Caring Hearts Card Drive! My father passed this year. He was a marine in WWII. So proud of him. And the best Dad ever! He was at the LaSalle Veterans Home in LaSalle, Illinois. Sending 25 cards to Vera to be distributed to any home. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Worked on cards tonight. And will keep working on them until the mail deadline so that you, Vera and your many helpers can distribute them. It is a wonderful cause.

  32. This is such a lovely thing to do! I’m going to send out as many cards as i can make for this cause!
    Question- Should the envelope for each card be blank or have something written on it?

  33. What a wonderful way to brighten the holidays for so many who are forgotten. I worked for a company called “touching hearts at home” and was saddened by how many seniors are tucked away in facilities & aren’t even visited by their own families. I only wish I had seen this sooner. I will make as many as I can before the the deadline.
    This is an AWESOME act of kindness <3

  34. I would like to add a local nursing home to the list, not sure of email addresses to send info to. . My friend and I meet weekly to make cards and our focus has been Christmas for over a month. We usually have them done in February/March for the following season but this year life got in the way. I, along with a couple friends, have been volunteering and sharing our passion by having card making classes at the nursing home where my dad lived up until his passed away in September. I feel this is a wonderful cause and would like more information on how to become more involved, possibly becoming a contact distributor. Thanks Vera, what a wonderful thing you’ve started! <3

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