Caring Hearts Card Drive 2017

Hello! I am excited to share the the Caring Heart Card Drive is underway!

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 8 years ago, in honor of her mom’s request. Last year we received over 66,000 cards and distribute the cards to various nursing homes throughout the US, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.

Vera and I are excited to continue bringing holiday cheers to many nursing homes.

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 will be going on from October 2 to November 17, 2017. We need to receive your card by November 17, 2017.
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or winter holiday wishes only.
  • In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM. (More on that below.)
  • 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.”
  • 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 standard size A2 or 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card as this will help us in packing more efficiently
  • Please don’t use any pins (safety reason).
  • This is totally optional: If you’d like to include $2 or $3 to help with shipping, it’ll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves, so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously.

For US, you can mail the cards to:

  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007
  • Christy Wilkerson, 8057 Hunters Ridge Drive, West Chester, OH 45069
  • Jana Millen, 1047 Valley Wood Dr, Batavia, OH 45103

For Australia:

  • Deb McCleary, CHCDrive, 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

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.

To thank you for your generosity in supporting this drive, we have several PRIZES ready for several winners. There will be many winners!

Also, if you’d like to help us promote the card drive, please use the hashtag #caringheartscarddrive.

The nursing homes that we supported are based on what people suggested to us. If you want your local nursing homes to receive cards from the card drive, please email Vera 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 6 collecting addresses above.

I’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 these prizes)
GOLD PRIZE (everyone who send cards will be entered for these prizes)

We will update the prize list as we get more. Please feel free to share about this card drive. We really appreciate your support & generosity. Let’s rock this card drive and bring Christmas joy to as many nursing homes as we can!! Thank you.

PS: Thank you to Chaitali Narla for designing the badge. 🙂 And to Vera for all her hard work on this card drive!

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75 thoughts on “Caring Hearts Card Drive 2017”

  1. I wish I had found out sooner, but I’ve been a busy little elf making some cards. They are getting posted tomorrow! I just started making cards a few months ago and I hope they are nice enough for someone to get. I sure have enjoyed making them and playing Christmas music all the while <3. The submission form says 2016; I hope that's not a problem. I'm assuming there just wasn't a new file uploaded for this year?

  2. Jennifer, thank you and your helpers for doing the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful event. it warms my heart to know that a card I send puts a smile on the face of a nursing home resident who needs to know that we care about them and that they are not forgotten at this wonderful time of the year. Thanks, too, to all of the companies who have donated the prizes….even though I would love to win, the biggest prize is knowing that I’ve made people happy. Thank you for all you do and God Bless.
    PS My printer is not working so I just included a paper with the needed information. Looking forward to next year,

  3. Thanks for doing this card drive again this year, 2017. I missed last year’s card drive and said I would not miss another one. I’ve been doing paper crafting for several years and make cards and mini albums. Since I made an abundance of Christmas cards to sell this year and since nobody sends cards anymore, at least around where I live, I figured best send these on to a generation who would appreciate them. I will be doing this next year as well. Thank you, again for remembering those who are alone during this holiday season. Next year I will include Hanukkah cards, I didn’t have time to do any this year.

  4. Just sent my cards and wow how grateful I am to be able to bring sunshine into someone’s life at the holidays!

  5. Just sent my cards yesterday – only managed to get 35 made and finished – didn’t see the post about the drive until a few days ago, but so happy to help out!

  6. will you be doing this for 2018? will it be posted?
    would you be willing to print and mail me the submission form, I do not have a printer.

  7. I found this card drive late, but scrambled to make some cards and get them delivered. I will look for this again next year. I wonder if you know of anything like this being done for our service men and women. I’d like to participate in something like this for them. Thanks for all the hard work everyone is doing to put this together.

  8. Can you update us on how the drive turned out this year – how many cards were submitted? Did we do better than last year?

  9. I sent in over 100 cards to Vera in Houston and have never heard back if she received them. Any idea on where the prize winners were posted?

  10. Is there an update on how many cards were distributed? I mailed cards to Christy in Ohio, but have not heard whether they were received and distributed. Also, is there a list of winners for the giveaways associated with this project?

  11. I too sent in 100 cards but no follow up if they were received! How can we find out how the drive went .ANYupdates??

  12. For those of you like me that were looking for the results – you can click on Vera’s name at the end of Kristina’s post above – it will bring you to her page – then go about 2/3 of the way down and there is a link to an update with results and winners.

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