Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 "Cards From the Heart Card Drive"


Happy New Year! :) It's time for the 8th Annual Valentine's Day Card Drive! Can you believe it?....8 years!!! WOW! :)

It's my Blogs 8 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 4,707 cards and sent them to 17 hospitals, 2 foster homes! 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 ONLY!

* 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, glitter pens, glitter glue, stickles, wink of stella, sequins, rhinestones, brads, googly eyes, or anything that looks glittery or can be pulled off and become a chocking hazard. This is the hospitals rules!

* 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 envelope 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, email address, or your  website 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. 31) I have to have them in my hands by Jan.31! 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. I will be adding more prizes and sponsors, often.  :)

*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

* 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!* 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
(Sponsor Page)

Have a Blessed New Year!,

~Winter

9 comments:

Kathy Barnett said...

I ran across this card drive last year but the deadline had passed. I can't wait to be part of it for this year. God Bless you and your family this coming year. And God Bless each person that participates in the card drive this year. .

Kim Uecker said...

So happy I came across this post because of Lawn Fawn on Facebook! I am very excited to participate! I LOVE making kids cards!!!

Michele Smith said...

I just saw a post from Lawn Fawn about your card drive. What a wonderful idea! I would love to help you out! Thanks so much for all you do behind the scenes to make this happen. ((hugs))

Sundaystamper said...

I don't do too many Valentine cards but since you share my Granddaughters name and it's for kids I am going to search through my stamps and come up with some!

Thank you for doing the drive!

Engineered Baker said...

Came across your blog from the Lawn Fawn facebook page. I'm not big on Valentines day, so never know what to do with the cards. Thanks for using them for a good cause, will mail some soon!

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MaryEllen_Brown said...

I just ran across your blog...wish I had seen it earlier... my activities the rest of this month will not allow me time to complete cards and mail to you. Rest assured I will be putting on my calendar for next January to do them earlier. I also make cards for a group that sends all-occasion blank (inside) cards for military personnel to use and send to family & friends. Thank you for doing this!
MaryEllen

MaryEllen_Brown said...

Also, forgot to mention that I found you on a "Jess Crafts"!
MaryEllen

Michele Smith said...

Hi Winter ~ 103 cards headed your way today! Looking forward to doing this again next year :-)