Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Shipment Sent!

Hey everybody! Sorry for the lack of posts, as you can imagine...it's been BUSY to say the least! I've missed hours of sleep, meals, and fresh air outside, as I counted and packaged cards, sent tons of emails and so many other tasks, but I absolutely wouldn't change it for the world! Thank you all so much for sending in cards! Here is the first batch of cards I sent off yesterday! We have had SO many cards come in this year, that I sent out about 15 emails to new hospitals, in hopes that they would want some cards! :) I've gotten a couple of emails back and they have accepted (YAY!), but I am still waiting to hear from some more, before I send the rest of them to Texas Children's, who always accepts as many as we sent, since they see so many kids daily! So please pray that I get more emails back, so we can get these cards to more kids! :)


Well it's back to work for me, there is still tons to do and I need to run a couple of errands. I can't WAIT to tell you all the totals! :)

Have a Blessed day!,

~Winter

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just checking in and a few cards

Hey everybody! Just checking in to let you know how things are going! I'm still collecting cards, slowly but surely. Thank you to all those who have already sent some in, they are so cute! :)
If you are still wanting to send in cards, there is still time! I need the cards by 
Jan. 30, so I have plenty of time to get them in the mail to the hospitals! There was an issue with some of the shipping last year, on a couple of packages, so I need to get them all out even sooner this year. So this would be a great project of this cold weekend and then get them in the mail to me next week! :)
I wanted to share a few of my cards I made. I love these images so much! They make me smile and I hope they do the same for the kids! :)




Alright, I need to get back to working on cards and my kids have basketball games tonight, so it's going to be another busy day! :)
Have a Blessed day everybody! 

~Winter

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Card Drive Sponsors

Prize #1

($50.00 Gift Certificate)
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Prize #2

(Concord & 9th-Being Classy Stamp Set)
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Prize #3

(Prize Package)
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Prize #4
(Bakers Dozen Set- Eco-Bamboo Collection
13 colors)
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Prize #5

(YES Sentiment Stamp Set)
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Prize #6
(3 Winners- $25.00 Stamp prize packages)
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Prize #7

(2 Winners) $100 SU! Prize Packages
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Prize #8
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Prize #9
($50.00 Gift Certificate)

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 "Cards From the Heart Card Drive"




Card Drive is now Closed!!!

Happy New Year! :) It's time for the 7th Annual Valentine's Day Card Drive!

It's my Blogs 7 year anniversary this month, and I don't know a better way to celebrate it, but having another Card Drive for all those precious kids on Valentine's Day! I will be collecting cards for many Hospitals and hope to add more! :)
Last year's Card Drive was another HUGE success! We collected 3,971 cards and sent them to 12 hospitals, 2 orphanages, and to a little girl who was fighting cancer and to her two brothers. I'm happy to report that she is doing Great! :) I'm praying that this years card drive, is even better and reaches even more kids! :)

As always, here are some of the guidelines from the hospital's and a few of mine. 
(Please read carefully.)
* Cards need to be a Valentine theme.
* Cards can't have anything about 'Get Well Soon', 'Feel Better', or anything reminding them of being sick. (Only Valentine Cards)
* Please make cards that can be used for any gender or age. (This could be a little tricky, but I think you can handle it!) :)
* NO buttons, glitter, sequins, rhinestones, brads, or anything that can be pulled off and become a chocking hazard.
* Cards MUST be able to fit into a 4 1/2 X 5 3/4 envelope (A2 size, but can be smaller, just not bigger). I CANNOT use them if they are bigger! (I will provide clear envelopes for each card, so there is no need to send an envelopes with your card.) The clear envelopes make it easier when they hand them out to the kids.
* You can include a message in the inside, but please remember, nothing reminding them of being sick. (Maybe just a Valentine sentiment.) You can also sign your first name and what state you are from ONLY, no last names and cities! No religious sentiments either, as most of the hospitals are non denominational in their beliefs. 
* And Do Not add your blog addresses to your cards! Some hospitals have rules against patients knowing who the donors are.
*I will be excepting cards for the whole month of January. (Jan. 1 - Jan. 30) Please do not send any after that, because I have to send them off early, so they will get to the hospitals in time for Valentine's Day. And please make sure you allow enough time for shipping as well. At the end of the month, I will draw names for prizes.The more cards you send, the more times your name goes into the drawing to win prizes. Let your kids get involved too! I will be adding more prizes and sponsors, often.  :)
* Please send a piece of paper with your name, address, email address, and the amount of cards you sent. (It will help when I have the drawings.) A lot of the prizes will be sent from the sponsor, so I NEED to have your email address for sure!
*And Please NO smoking around the cards! You may not realize that they smell like smoke, but they do and it could effect the children who are already sick!

*Please send cards to me at:

Winter Sims
"Cards From the Heart Card Drive"
P.O. Box 754
Warren, TX 77664

* If anyone wants to donate a prize for the drawings, please email me with the details at wintersims1@aol.com .
*You are welcome to use the Card Drive badge on your blog to spread the word, just remember to save it to your computer first.

*If you have a hospital in mind that might want some cards, please send me the contact info and I will email them.

I know it seems like there are A LOT of rules, but they are the hospital's rules and we want to obey them, to keep the kids safe. So I hope you will join us again for another great year and help us put some smiles on those sweet kids faces on Valentines Day! :)


If you have any questions, please just send me and email at:

wintersims1@aol.com


Here is the Sponsor Page.
Have a Blessed New Year!,


~Winter

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Hey everybody! I was recently emailed and asked if I would participate in an Awareness day, so of course I wanted to try and do my part! So today I'm here to bring awareness to the terrible disease, Mesothelioma. 


The lady who emailed me, Heather, shared a little bit about her story. 
She was exposed by wearing her dad's jacket that had been covered in "dust". :( 
When she was diagnosed, she was given 15 months to live. 
Mesothelioma is a rare and very aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. 
There are three types of mesothelioma: 
    1. Pleural mesothelioma (occuring in the lining of the lung) is the most common - 70% of all cases 
    2. Peritoneal mesothelioma (lining of the abdominal cavity) 
    3. Pericardial mesothelioma (lining of the heart) 

Mesothelioma becomes most apparent in patients in the US about 30 to 40 years after their exposure  
You can find her whole story here.


So if you could, please check out her story and help spread Awareness to this disease. 

Thanks,

~Winter 


Monday, February 9, 2015

Card Drive Prize Winners

Prize #1
 
(Stamp Prize Package- $50.00 value)
Patricia Craighead
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Prize #2
 
 
(3 Spools of Divine Twine)
Tricia Barber
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Prize #3

($50.00 Gift Certificate)
Lorie Manfre
 
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Prize #4
 
(Stamp Assortment- $30.00 value)
Carol Longacre
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Prize #5
 
 
(3 Winners- 1 prize each)
(Winner #1-Valentine Pack)
Karen McAlpine
 
(Winner #2- Christmas Pack)
Lori Tecler
 
(Winner #3- General Pack)
Connie Gessmann
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Prize #6
 
($25.00 Gift Certificate)
Lori Beseke
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Prize #7
 
 
($25.00 Gift Certificate)
Susan Tryba
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Prize #8

($30.00 Gift Card)
Kelley Lesniak
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Prize #9
 
 

(2 Winners- $25.00 Gift Certificates)
Winner #1- Christine Nixon
 
Winner #2- Theresa Burns 
 
Congrats! :)
I will be sending emails to the companies with the winners info, so please be on the look out for those!
Thank you to all the Sponsors, for the prizes and Thank you to everyone who has sent cards in this year, and all the years past!
 
~Winter
 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 "Cards from the Heart Card Drive" Totals

Hey everybody! Sorry for the delay! I've been busy getting everything finished up and watching lots of basketball games and touraments for my kids.
But all the cards are counted, packaged, and shipped off! Here is a pic of the last shipment of cards, that I sent off on Thursday.
And the Grand total was......3,971 cards! :) Although We didn't beat last year's total, we still met our goals! Yay! :) 
We did get a couple more places to send to, but I still want to try and add more next year! I can't tell you how many emails I have sent out to hospital's, and it's either against their rules, have other avenues of getting cards (I'm so happy about that), or just no response! I did get a few, and for that I am Grateful!  But I will keep trying! :)

Here is a list of the places we sent cards this year.

*St. Jude Children's Hospital
*TX Children's Hospital
*Nationwide Children's Hospital
*St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
*Cincinnati Children's Hospital -
Medical Center
*St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation
*UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
*Cook Children's Medical Center
*Shriners Hospital for Children
*-Galveston
*-Houston
*-Cincinnati
*-Northern California
*Sinclair Children's Center (orphanage)
*Pendleton Place (orphanage)
*Victoria (who is fighting cancer from home) and some cards for her 2 brothers too! :)

I want to Thank each and everyone of you for all of the hard work in making cards, sending them, the prayers, the encouraging words, the donations for the prizes, donations to help with shipping costs, and for believing in this ministry! Ya'll are Amazing! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! ♡
And Thank you to my family, for ignoring the clutter of the cards everywhere! :) And Thank you to my kids for helping me seal envelopes, that was a Huge help to me! 

I will be back soon to announce the winners of the prizes! :)

~ Winter