Cards for Kids!

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Cards for Kids!

Posted by Lauren Rose in Balance, Coping Skills, Family Issues, Gratitude, Relationships, Self-Care, Spirituality 10 Dec 2017

The holidays make me think of a lot of things like family, last minute-Christmas shopping, ham for dinner, and (fingers crossed) snow on Christmas. It’s a really busy time of the year, and it definitely causes me a small amount of stress as I’m running around, trying to do 100 things at once. But I realized that I wanted to start a new tradition this year. Like Thanksgiving, Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) is a time to be grateful; grateful for family, friends, a home, food, clothes. I was reminded that not everyone has that on Christmas, and I was reminded in a some-what sad way (although a happy ending!)

It was December 5th and I was scrolling through my social media while sipping coffee in the morning. I came across a friend’s post that showed she was helping her little sister prepare for a surgery that would keep her in the hospital for close to three weeks, including Christmas. My heart dropped, I felt so sad thinking about my friend’s sister and their family, and her trying to get better in a hospital bed while opening Christmas gifts.

She included a link to Cards For Hospitalized Kids and I clicked it, hoping I could help make her Christmas with her sister a little bit better. The link took me to a main site where I could read stories about kids who have received cards and directions on how to make and send cards of my own. There was no guarantee that my cards would be delivered right to my friend’s sister, but I knew the thought counted most. I decided from this point on that each December, I would create and send holiday cards to this organization, and hopefully brighten some kids’ days.

My husband and I had a lot of fun, like we were kids again, folding construction paper and drawing in random colors. I’m not much of a drawer, so my pictures were limited, however, my husband had a blast drawing Frosty the Snowman on each card. We agreed that we wanted to do this more often, and have plans to sit down and make some more cards for St. Patrick’s Day.

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If you take a look on the website, they accept cards throughout the whole year. You don’t have to submit cards for a specific holiday, you can also submit General cards, because kids will be in hospitals during holidays and non-holidays, and a happy card can make a huge difference in their day. There’s multiple sites that are just like this one, so feel free to search the web for a site that you connect with best! It’s not that hard to make some cards and send them out! Many people say how much they want to volunteer or want to make a difference, but they’re too busy. I think making some cards is a great way for someone who doesn’t have the time to volunteer outside of their home. There’s so many ways to give back, and this is just one of them!

Lauren Rose

Lauren Rose is a talented writer and an aspiring novel author. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2013 with an English degree and double minored in Sociology and Communications. She is pursuing her Master's in Writing Studies at St. Joseph's University. She works as an Advisor for Graduate Business students @ St. Joseph's University.

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