Thursday, September 27, 2012

Collecting Cards for Cancer Patients

I was recently contacted by Card Care Connection, an organization that collects homemade cards to send to cancer patients upon request by family and friends.  I don't know many people whose lives have not been touched by cancer in some way.  I have 2 aunts who are breast cancer survivors, have lost a dear cousin to breast cancer, and was a caregiver for my ex-boyfriend when he went through chemo, radiation, and later a stem cell transplant for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  I've seen the suffering first hand and know how a simple gesture such as receiving a handmade card from a stranger could bring up one's spirits.

I definitely want to help out by making some cards and spreading the word to all of you, so that you can get involved too.  How many of us have a stash of cards that could be put to some good use?

They are looking for A2 size cards that are blank inside, so I made one with cute koala from the new Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge, cut at 3".  I added a little cardstock button to the heart.  I didn't want to use a real button, as that would make the card bulky for mailing. 

The sentiments they are looking for are not "get well" or religious sentiments.  They would like sentiments that are uplifting and general in nature.  I found this cute sentiment on My Creative Time's Just a Little Note to Say stamp set.  There are lots of great sentiments on many My Creative Time stamp sets that will be perfect for these cards.  I plan to make a bunch more over the next couple of weeks and then mail them off.  If you would like to get involved, check out the guidelines here.  You might already have a bunch of cards that are perfect to make somebody's day!

Also, below is a news story about Card Care Connection that aired on St. Louis channel 5 KSDK.

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Deb McCleary said...

That's brilliant Katie! Even though they're going to be travelling from Aus, I reckon I might have a go at sending some cards too.

Deb McCleary said...

Hey Katie! I've put one together already, another quilted card (your inspiration just keeps on giving!) - I'd love it if you had time to check it out!


snappy scrappy said...

So cute!!! Lee-Ann :)

liz at liz's paper loft said...

darling card katie! and of course the houndstooh bow!!! getting ready to post on FB now! this is so sweet of you too!!!

Linda Kaiser said...

Katie, love the card and what an amazing cause. The bow is too cute.

Thanks so much for letting us know about this wonderful organization.


chillin with Quillin said...

what an adorable card and like the sentiment!!!
and what a great organization, to creat lovely cards for cancer patients !!!!

Glora said...

Very sweet. I love that you are getting involved in this. I should look through my stash and see if there is anything that would fit the requirements. This card is also WAY too cute. I LOVE the Koala bear on this cartridge :). Hugs- Glora

Brenda Wooten Porter said...

such a cute bear card! love it! I went through my own battle and treatment for leukemia 2 years ago!! so I understand! such a great cause!

Annette said...

Very sweet koala and a great cause!

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Cindy Beland said...

Your little koala bear is ADORABLE Katie!!!:)

Kim H said...

Katie ~ What a GREAT, GREAT post! i will have to check it out and let people come your way!!! How thoughtful of you ~ TU! Well who ever gets this card is simply going to ADORE it! So CUTE! LVOE the papers and how clever of you not to use a real button for mailing! I always make my card so puffy and bulky! I may just need this cartidge too!

aleeza granote said...

Thanks so much for assisting Card Care Connection to help those with cancer. We appreciate your support and consideration!

Peggywhiz said...

beary nice blog, love bears too and your cards.

Lynnette said...

Hi Katie Love your card. i see from your blog that i need yo buy 2 more carts. Create a Critter 2 and Teddy bear picnic.
I also am working on cards for Card Care Connections and i am from Canada. I have a question for you. Where did you buy or did you make your little card stock buttons? I think they are very cute.