New Card Drive – Cards for Live Like Roo

Hello! I wanted to let you know about a new card drive today. I am very excited about it as it ties my love of animals with my love of cardmaking! And there are great prizes!

My new friend Ricky Burton-Romero recently reached out to me asking if I could help him out with a new card drive. And I was thrilled to help! I am sharing a summary of the drive here, but for all the details and the backstory, head to Ricky’s blog HERE.

Ricky is collecting cards for an organization called Live Like Roo. Sarah started this non-profit to send care packages all across the United States to dogs and their human families that have been diagnosed with cancer. Not all cases lead to death. Sarah and her organization also assist in medical bills, as well.

With the help of card makers all around the world, we want to do a card drive for Sarah. She sends a card with every box, and our idea is to get as many handmade cards to her so that she does not have to spend quality money on cards.

Here is what we are looking for:

  • The cards could animal-themed (but not necessary). The cards should say things like “I hope you get well soon,” “feel better,” or any words of encouragement for anyone going through a hard time (animal sickness). If you would like you could also send in Thank You cards as she needs those as well!
  • No need to write anything on the inside. Sarah will fill in the handwritten message to make it personal for each case.
  • The drive will run from November 14th to December 15th, 2019.
  • Send cards to Ricky Burton-Romero – 7003 N Wolcott Ave #1, Chicago IL 60626.
  • Please be sure to include your contact information with the cards so that when the prize draw happens, Ricky will know where to send emails to! (More on prizes below.)
  • After December 15th, Ricky will plan to make a trip to Sarah and present her with all the cards on an Instagram live! You will be able to see the happiness you bring to her life through these cards! I will be sure to share it with everyone on Instagram before it happens. (Follow Ricky on instagram HERE.)

After the card drive is over, anyone that donated cards to the cause will be entered to win PRIZES! There will be two $50 gift cards to any online craft store you choose (if they have a gift card option). And I am personally donating some prizes… including ten Share Handmade Kindness packages and a box with over $200 in stamps and dies!

If you have any questions you can email Ricky via his site HERE.  Please place Live Like Roo in the title so that I know it is not spam. Remember to #LiveLikeRoo

Thank you to Ricky for asking me to help with this. I am honored – I love this cause!

And thank YOU for joining us in this great effort. 🙂


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59 thoughts on “New Card Drive – Cards for Live Like Roo”

  1. I haven’t recovered completely from 2 back surgeries this summer, but this is something I really want to try to do. Just the name got me: “Live like Roo!” We had a big Rhodesian Ridgeback named Roux (Roo). He was ferocious looking, but gentle as a lamb. My daughter-in-law worked for in emergency medicine for animals. Many a night Roux would be called upon to donate blood for an injured animal. He never protested. We lost him to old age. First pet I cried for. So this hit me in a soft spot. Thank you.

    1. Sound slike Roux was able to help many other dogs as well! How lovely! Such a special guy! Thank you so much for your kind generosity! Sarah will love it!

    1. Surekha! Wow, I can’t believe people from around the world will be sending cards to Sarah and Live Like Roo! That is so amazing! Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

  2. OMG! YES! I live in Chicago! I have to check this out… maybe I can volunteer too! I will get right on this!

    1. Hello, fellow Chicagoan! Live Like Roo loves volunteers! Once you meet Sarah and get to know her you will understand this passion I have for them! Thank you for your generosity and since you are local, if you want to contact me I can pick up or you can drop off so that will save postage! Up to you!

  3. I am currently making cards for a nursing home, but I will try to make some for this card drive. We rescue dogs, one was a grey hound who passed away from lung cancer. She was such a lover.

  4. Count me in for this! Have often wished I were a millionaire who could start a pet sanctuary but I can sure make animal cards and love doing it. I am also excited about encouraging young people who involve themselves in making life better for someone, be they two-legged or four “someones”! I’m off to my craft room!

    1. Hope! Thank you so much for your generosity! I too dream of being able to open a farm and just let everyone run free and enjoy! This is the closest I can get to it now and it makes me feel great that others feel the same way! Thank you so much for sending in cards! Sarah is going to love it!

  5. As a 12-year CT Humane Society volunteer, animal rescuer, foster, Crazy Shelter Lady and advocate (oh – and cardmaker!) – thanks for promoting this!!! I will make a few cards today and send out!

    1. Hi Maria! Thank you for all you do for our four-legged (sometimes less) friends! It is people like you that make this place a wonderful world for animals and humans! Keep up the good work and thank you so much for your generosity!

  6. Cards are done! Ready to mail. Thank you for sharing, it made me feel happy making cards for a good cause.

    1. Hi Nathalie,

      Thank you so much for your kindness! Live Like Roo will just be overjoyed with the response! I am glad you are happy to make others happy! As cardmakers that is our duty 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for sharing, Jennifer! I love card drives for a good cause and will send some cards to Ricky very soon.
    Blessings to you for always helping out.

  8. What a great cause. We lost our service dog, Coco, to cancer about 2 years ago. We miss her so. Thanks for the info on this card drive.

    1. I am so sorry to hear about Coco. I had a friend whose service dog passed away as well. She was an amazing dog and did a lot of work. Such a sweetheart!

  9. This is a wonderful cause and I cannot not participate! I love all animals, great and small, and have lost both human and fur family to cancer. I have the perfect stamp set for this also so I am so excited to help. I’m going to do this in memory of my mom and my chocolate lab, Truffles, who both lost their fight against cancer within a year of each other. <3. Thanks for sharing this Jennifer.

    1. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and your furry friend. Just know the cards you are sending in their honor will make others feel better and what better way than to honor them!
      I am looking forward to your cards! Thank you again!

  10. What a wonderful cause. I lost my 2 pitties just 4 weeks apart. My beloved Shooter in August and my beautiful Hurley in September. She seemed to lose all will to go on without him. Since they both always came in my craft room with me, I haven’t been able to go in there. Honestly I am lost & broken without them. I could share the link with my Fiskateer crafting group on FB. I will go Ricky’s link and see if I can make a donation.

    1. Pit bulls hold a special place in my heart and Sarah’s too! She goes above and beyond to commit to their safety! I am so sorry you lost your fur babies in such a short time period. I understand how it could be difficult to continue crafting if they were always by your side there. Be sure that they are around you, it is just not as apparent as before! Thank you so much for sharing the link, I really appreciate it! I hope you are able to get back to crafting in no time soon! xoxo

  11. This is a wonderful cause. With the help of my always helpful Labrador retriever crafting companion I plan to make a bunch of cards to send. Thank you for sharing this card drive.

    1. Oh, are your feet used a pillows as well while crafting? I have two pit bulls that seem to think that crafting time is sleeping time at my feet! I would not have it any other way! I look forward to seeing your cards!

  12. I think this is so wonderful I will start on some cards today I also love fur babies considering I have 7 cats I just cant seem to let go once one joins our family. This is such a good cause to help to blessings from our home to yours

    1. hi Maylynn! I love me some cats too. Some of the most cuddly animals over. But they sure do like to break a wine glass or 700 huh? LOL

      I am so happy you are participating and can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  13. This is so sweet! Thanks for posting the details about this awesome cause and card drive. Hope to get some crafty time over the upcoming holiday to be able to donate some cards.

  14. I have already started making cards Jennifer. It is a wonderful cause. Thank you for sharing everything with us. You are such an inspirational person and I just love following you with everything you do.

  15. I put a couple of cards in the mail yesterday. They are coming from Spain so I hope they reach their destination okay. With very best wishes, Debbie x

  16. I’d be interested in participating in the $100 box that you will be offering. So plz include me in it. Jenn, I must say how much I enjoy your videos! You are looking very comfortable in your videos now, and Idont miss AOne! I also noticed how beautiful you looked …your velvet blouse inspired me and your cross necklace looked great. Keep up the great work as I love you and your videos. You are awesome. I sent you cards toRicky and very happy to do so. HappyHolidays!

  17. This sounds like such a great cause and I will for sure gets some cards in the mail soon. I am also on a local humane society board and love the dog sit for a few of our friends. Maggie is at my feet as I write this and I will be a bit sad when she heads home tomorrow!

    1. Barbara, the best thing is being able to go to a shelter and volunteer and get your doggy hugs and kisses in! You are a wonderful human. Can’t wait to see what you create!

  18. Hey Jennifer, I really enjoy your blog and appreciate all the effort that you put into the different segments. I would totally be willing to donate the $100. for the surprise box. I live in Miami Florida and the Bahamas are right next door to us. You are right, they still need all the help we can give them. Please continue to do your videos, I look forward to them.
    Thank you,
    Lisa Simmons

  19. Thank you for all you do to inspire us, to support those in need. To encourage us to show kindness, to to open up to new creative ideas. I appreciate your giving heart!

  20. Dogs especially hold a special place in my heart, several that I have loved and lost. What a great opportunity to make a difference and use my doggy stamps!!
    Im adding it to my list of things to do and maybe to recruit some friends to do the same.

  21. We love our pooches! We almost adopted a pittie ftom Florida who was rescued from a dog fighting ring but a lady from Virginia really wanted him too, and she had prior experience with healing dogs from dog fighting rings, so she gave him his forever home. We have 5 dogs, all but one is a rescue, and we couldn’t be more in love with our furbabies. I will get started right away and get some cards in the mail!

    1. Thank you so much for supporting this card drive. I’m glad to see you were going to give a chance to a dog that didn’t start out with the best life! You’re a wonderful person and I look forward to seeing what you create!

  22. After loosing two dogs and a best friend to the horrific disease of cancer, I was very moved to see this post. I have 60 plus cards headed to Ricky tomorrow. I also want to check and see if we can send more later. I have a wonderful friend who is a stamping demonstrator and she too was moved by this project. We want to see if we can incorporate the creativity of our two stamping groups to gather more cards after the first of the year to send. Thank you for sharing this organization with us. You are an inspiration in more ways than you know.

  23. I just sent out 50/50–50 pet cards (thinking of you) and 50 thank you cards, with envelopes. This is a wonderful organization. Thank you Jennifer, and thank you Ricky for doing this!

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