Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Card Totals!

Hey everybody! It's here...the Totals!!!! I've been SO excited to tell ya'll! :)
This year was a RECORD BREAKING YEAR! 

7,268 CARDS!!!!!

Can ya'll believe it?! I'm still in shock! 
I want to Thank all of my returning card makers and I want to Thank all of the new card makers! Welcome and I'm so happy ya'll are joining us, in hopes to bring love and smiles to others!

I was able to add 4 more hospitals and a nursing home, where my Mee Mee is now.
Although I was able to add more hospitals, we still had TONS of cards left over and no time to find more hospitals on such short notice (the cards literally came in by the hundreds on the last couple of days!) So after brain storming, I decided the best thing to do was add an extra card in each envelope for the kids to give to their sibling, parent, Dr., nurse, or friend. Most of these kids won't get to do Valentine exchanges at school, so I thought this would bring something a little more special to the cards. So my sweet daughter stamped a couple of hundred and my Amazing Momma came over and stamped THOUSANDS of these to add to the extra card!!
 A little story about all these post-its, I went to the store to pick up a couple of packages and the more I thought about it, I knew I needed a Bunch more! I looked at my receipt from the day before and they were $0.01! You read that right, 1 cent for a pack of 200! I went back to the store to find out if it was a mess up and they checked the price and it was a discontinued item, which meant they could sell it for 1 cent! I went to check on how many they had and they had a ton left! I told the cashier that I felt stingy for getting all they had, but I really feel like the Lord ordained that! He knew I needed all of them! Almost down to the EXACT amount of packs I needed! I had 2 packs left over! :)

Well here are a few pics of the counting process, a little glimpse of 
the HUGE MESS, and the packaging.
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Here are the 3 shipments.
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I've never done this before, but I always wished that ya'll could see all the cards I received. Although this isn't all of them, here a some that I fell in love with! 
There were many more I loved too, but I couldn't post them all! I was SO inspired by the cards this year, seriously, it's a privilege to get to see and hold them all! :) 
(If anyone doesn't want their card posted, please let me know and I will take it off. I apologize that I didn't get to ask for permission first, the time FLEW by this past week and it really slipped my mind. Sorry! :( )
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And I'm shocked that I had time to take pics of them! This was the hardest and most time consuming Card Drive to date! I think because I had gotten my daughter, nieces and myself to start sealing the envelopes, before I realized that we would have so many that we would add the extra card! So it was double work, unsealing them to add the extra card, but it needed to happen, so I did it! So some days I worked about 20 hours straight! (insert the BIG eyed smiley face here!) :) 
I also had personal things going on at the same time. We had about 4 funerals to attend the last 3 weeks! Some were family friends and one was my step-brother. He tragically and suddenly passed away, so it was a very hard time! :( I also had a cold that was brought on by my allergies, so I got to the Dr quick to get some shots and meds and got well pretty quick. Lots of hand washing and germ-xing going on here for awhile! I'm well now though! :) 
So with all that said, the Lord carried me through this Card Drive and everything else I have been going through and for that, I am very Thankful!  

I am Thankful to all of you who sent in cards! There were 186 people who sent them in this year!!!  That is a lot people and packages! :) They came as far away as Qatar, Singapore, Quebec, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Norway, Aruba & Western Australia, just to name a few! I know that life gets busy and you all have things to do, so Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to help me with this ministry! I can never Thank you all enough! Thank you to the money donations for the shipping and the cards and gifts you gave me, you really didn't have to do that, but they are Very appreciated! Thank you to all the Sponsors and the Amazing prizes and for getting the word out about the Card Drive! There are going to be some happy people soon, when I announce the winners! :)
A BIG Thank you to, Kari for donating the envelopes again this year! 
And another BIG Thank you to, Christy for the Card Drive series on YouTube, where she makes the cards for Card Drive and mentions all the details about it! I only wish I was brave enough to do a video, I can't stand to hear myself talk! :)

As I mentioned before that we got to send some to a nursing home this year, my Mee Mee had a stroke in March and was moved to the nursing home soon after. She is unable to speak, eat, walk, or move much of her right side. She knows us some days and some days she doesn't! She sleeps a lot, but in a way, it makes me feel better for her, so she isn't reminded of all the things she can't do anymore. She is currently sick and has pneumonia, if you will, Please keep her in your prayers. I was very Thankful that I got to make her a special card. She always loves my cards I give her and I always give her flowers, so I knew I wanted to make her a card, where the flowers would last longer. She LOVES flowers! I hope she likes this one! 

The main issues I had with the cards I received this year was the glitter, shimmer pens and Wink of Stella. The hospital doesn't want anything glittery, because it can be harmful to the kids. We all understand as card makers that some of the supplies are safe, but the hospital staff might not, so all they see is glitter and they want to keep the kids safe! So please be aware of these supplies for next year. I tried to email as many people as I could, but I'm sure I left some out. We just want to keep the kids safe and continue to have the trust from the hospital, that we are going to do just that! Thanks for understanding! :)

 Here are a list of the hospitals, foster homes, and nursing home.

St, Jude Children's Hospital
TX. Children's Hospital
UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
Nationwide Children's Hospital
St, Louis Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital
Akron Children's Hospital
Cook Children's Medical Center
Shriners Hospital for Children- Shreveport
Shriners Hospital for Children- St, Louis
Shriners Hospital for Children- Salt Lake City
Shriners Hospital for Children- Cincinnati
Shriners Hospital for Children- Galveston
Shriners Hospital for Children- Houston
Shriners Hospital for Children- Boston
Shriners Hospital for Children- Northern California
Sinclair Children's Center- Foster Home
Pendleton Place- Foster Home

Shriners Hospital for Children- Los Angeles
Shriners Hospital for Children- Tampa
UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Arboretum of Winnie- Nursing home

I'm going to be working hard this year finding even more places to send these to! Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks!

And I'm still working on the drawing, please bare with me, I'll be posting soon! :)

Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart! 



Kathy Barnett said...

Wow 7,268 valentines. That is so exciting. Gives me goose bumps and makes me cry. That is going to make 7,268 children smile. Thanks to Winter for all her hard work, thanks to Christy for spreading the word on YouTube (that is how I found out about the drive) and Thanks to all the card makers for all their time and effort. Seriously I am crying. This Card Drive has really touched my heart and I am so grateful to have been able to participate.

Gesh said...

AMAZING!!! so happy that I found out about it and could join you this year. So many happy faces I'm sure when they get the beautiful cards! What a wonderful thing you're doing!!! My thoughts to you & your Mee Mee.

Cheryl L. said...

What a great idea to add one for a friend! It sounds like you put so much work into this project! Thanks so much for all you did and thanks for organizing it all for us to donate to!

Carole W. said...

WOW! Thanks for all of your hard work on the card drive...incredible total number! Sorry to hear you had some extra things to deal with, too. Hope you have some time to rest and recuperate.

Helen F. said...

What an awesome recording breaking number of cards you received this year, Winter! Congratulations on this great success.
Thank you for sharing the pictures, it looks like a ton of work involved in this mission and you seem to 'get it all done' every year~what a major accomplishment! Thank you for all that you do and for enormous chunk of time you and your family take out of your lives for this this beautiful cause!

Karen McAlpine said...

Great results and all that happy mail!! Super deal on the post its! Too funny. Hope all is well with your Mee Mee and she has more good days. Thanks for organizing the drive again this year!!

Ann said...

Thank you for doing this amazing, enormous act of love! Also, thank you for including Laurie Children's Hospital in Chicago!!

So happy I saw this challenge and got to participate!

Pam~ said...

That is wonderful and amazing to have received that many cards from so many talented stampers. I cannot imagine the time and work that you and your family have put into this Card Drive. Thank you so much for making so many individuals happy! Keeping your Mee Mee in my prayers. Again, many thanks for all that you have done! Hopefully, you can take a deep breath now and relax for a minute or two!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! I want to participate in this with my kiddos next year. My youngest just got a huge card making kit from an elderly friend who is not doing it anymore. This would be a perfect project.
My oldest daughter was in the hospital for a month at OU children's hospital in Oklahoma city. They pass out cards like this and I am sure would be so thrilled to get them!

Christy Zimms

Ljscreativecraft said...

So exciting to see the creativity, and packaging! What type of supplies might you need for next year, and when can they be provided ?

Christiana said...

So happy to hear this wonderful update! So many kids blessed, and so many of us blessed by the opportunity to contribute. Thank you so much for all you do, Winter! This is an amazing cause and you did an awesome job. Huge thanks to your family for understanding, and helping lend a hand where they could. My deepest gratitude goes out to all of you! I smiled all day today thinking of those kids. And I LOVED your solution for the extra cards! What an absolutely wonderful idea to let them be a part of the exchange! God bless you!

Dianne R said...

Winter I would love to help you next year in any way I can. Just let me know!!

KrisCrafter said...

Mee mee is in my prayers.
Thank you for personally emailing me and answering my questions. After reading your blog post and all you and your family did to get this monumental task completed I really appreciate your email response. Is there anything that I can do to help for next year? I know a lot happened last minute this year and you felt only you could tackle the situation.
I'm going to start working on cards immediately for next year.... with no glitter or WOS!!

Arlene K said...

Wauww, amazing!! 7268, that is a lot of smiles:) I see in your post you received from Aruba!! I am so happy that the cards I made came on time:) You did a wonderful job!!! And also you got a great help of your daughter and mother!! Thank youuu. And I hope all is well with your Mee Mee.
Greetings, Arlene.

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