This holiday season, my girls and I are going to be making cards to send to children with life threatening illnesses who need a pick me up. The Make A Child Smile Organization is a wonderful website that features such children. You can learn about the children, their illnesses and find a few kids featured each month. Or you can print off the entire list of kids and make it a goal to send a card to each child this holiday season. You can see a list of all the current kids HERE, where you'll find their name, age, state, type of illness and a photo. Please take a moment to visit this wonderful website and to learn more about these courageous kids.
Here's my first cards that I'll be sending out some kids from the MACS list. I used Papertrey's Pond Life set to create a fun and bright caterpillar pocket card. The fun polka dot background paper is PTI's Polka Dot Parade, as are all the colorful ribbons. I thought that some pocket cards would be a great way to add in some additional messages from the girls and perhaps some stickers. Candy and/or gifts are discouraged...a card is all that is suggested and needed to brighten a child's day. My finished card measures 4.25" x 5.5" and is just held together with two brads. I added some *messy stitches* to the pocket card insert. I used the Spellbinder's Long Rectangle Dies to cut and emboss my caterpillar image. For the sentiments, the MACS organization says it's best to stay generic and to not use *get well soon* type sentiments. Many of these children will unfortunately not recover from their illnesses so a simple *hello* or *thinking of you* type sentiment is more suitable.
I know the girls will jump right in to help out making cards, so I started them off with a little card kit. I stamped some cute owl images and sentiments from the Wise Owl stamp set. I added some precast cardstock, ribbon, patterned paper, brads and envies.
Then I packed the card kit items into a large Papertrey glassine sack and added a printed label to the front plus some white polka dots from the Polka Dot Basics stamp set.
I will keep refilling the card kit sack as needed and will keep it hanging in my stamp room. I told the girls where the card kit sack is and that they can use whatever supplies they want to complete the cards. I'm also going to hang up the address list and some stamps. I'm encouraging my girls to send cards to these kids in hopes that they will know just how lucky they are to be healthy kids and to really appreciate the things in life they have.
You can check out the other Design Team Members' "Pass It On Challenge" posts here:
Debbie Olson HERE
Heather Nichols HERELisa Johnson HERE Lauren Meader HERE
I would like to extend a challenge to you also, my fellow bloggers. I would love to get 40 of my wonderful blogging friends to pledge to making cards this holiday season for some sick kids who would love to receive a card of cheer. You can use cards that are in your stash, you can make new cards, get together with your church members to make cards, have your kids help, send a card a week.......whatever you want. Imagine how you feel when you receive a birthday card in the mail. Now imagine how a child who is terribly sick and possibly hospitalized will feel when they receive dozens of cards just for them. It makes my heart swell just thinking about it!! I hope you will join me this holiday season in spreading a little cheer.
If you would like to make this pledge of your time, a few supplies and some postage stamps, please leave a comment to this post. I will be updating this post with all pledge names. I thank you in advance if you choose to join me. It will mean so much to me and all these wonderful kids.
Here's my list, starting with me......remember, I'd love to get FORTY names on my list:
1. Michelle Wooderson
2. Mary from California
3. Tina Phillips
4. Shari from New Jersey
5. Leslie in SC
7. Jennifer S
9. Angel Plank (VT)
12. Stephanie from Florida
13. Elizabeth Bracco
14. Shari in NJ (another Shari)
15. Kelli, Faith,Daniel, and Jolie from Lynn Haven, Florida....awesome guys!!!!!!!!
16. Joan E
19. Keri Lee Sereika
20. deedee......I knew I could count on you!
25. Kim, Molly,and Amanda from Michigan....you go girls!!!!!!
27. Mickey in Alabama
28. Erica Payne
30. Melanie from Australia is going to pick a similar organization near her, woohoo!
31. Jennifer, Andy and Jacob....you guys rock!!!!!!!
33. Robin Owens and family.....bless you guys!!
35. Scrappin Cheryl
36. Karen Mackie
38. Kathyl from California
39. troy louise
42. Jenny Mich
43. Victoria G
44. Dawn Madigan
45. Mary from California
46. Maria....Hi Magoo!!
49. staci lynch
50. Kahtie Bailey
51 Heather McNally.......HI Baby Cakes!!
52. Lisa Davis
53. Kathy McDonald
There were a lot of other comments on this post but I wasn't sure if you signed up or just wanted to give a shout out. So if you took the pledge, thank you!!!