If you’ve been busy attempting all the crafty things people do with paper on Instagram then I bet you’re asking yourself, “Where can I donate handmade cards to charity?”
And if you’ve decided to go “all out” and use your Silhouette or Cricut as part of your paper crafting efforts, then you probably didn’t even realize how many pieces you made for your projects!
Making handmade cards to donate to charity means putting all these things to good use before you have to find a place to store them.
Because, as we all know, even in the biggest of houses, there is limited storage for finished items.
Every extra inch you have is for storing your stash, right?
Awesome Handmade Card Organizations
Cards For Hospitalized Kids
Cards For Hospitalized Kids, “helps kids deal with loneliness.”
The founder, Jen Rubino, started the organization after experiencing the difference a handmade card made in her own extended hospital stay.
They are always in need of general cards because they distribute them year-round.
Like many other organizations that distribute handmade cards, Cards For Hospitalized Kids has some basic guidelines for making a card. They are:
– Address the cards using a generalization like, “Hey there!” or “To: A Very Special Person”.
– Any message you include on the front or inside of the card should focus on the child as a whole, not their illness. So write uplifting messages like, “You are awesome” or “You rock!” or “I believe in you.”
– Do not include any of your own personal information on the card (phone number, email address, etc.)
– Do not include any religious comments. Hospitals treat patients of all kinds – not all of whom may be religious. a card needs to be appropriate for everyone.
– Sign your card with your first name and state, if you’d like.
Where Should I Send My Cards To Cards For Hospitalized Kids?
When you have a bunch of cards ready to send, here is their address:
Cards for Hospitalized Kids
7290 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
Cardz For Kidz!
I have been working with Cardz For Kidz! for many years now and it has been a real pleasure to support them as they grow and develop as an organization.
Ike and his team at Cardz For Kidz! are dedicated to delivering quality cards.
They are constantly connecting with new partner organizations to ensure they can support as many people as possible with their cards.
As you can see from the map below, they are working with a lot of organizations across North America.
What I couldn’t capture easily is that they area also sending cards to patients and seniors outside of the United States as well.
They are truly building a worldwide network uplifting spirits with handmade cards.
What Is The Address For Cardz For Kidz!?
Cardz For Kidz! asks that you send cards to this address
Cardz for Kidz!
323 East Wacker Drive #11
Chicago, IL 60601
Send A Smile Today
If you would like to donate handmade cards to charity and support someone diagnosed with cancer, Send A Smile Today is a great option.
Their sole purpose, “is to provide hope, love, and support to those going through cancer treatment.”
Send A Smile Today takes a long-term approach for each recipient.
So, those who receive uplifting cards will start getting them from their cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and survivorship.
If you don’t have a lot of time to make cards, they also accept store-bought cards.
So if you have any fun or inspirational cards on-hand that need a home, feel free to send them instead.
You can also make a request to send a card to someone you know who is diagnosed with cancer.
Such an easy way to make someone’s day!
What Is The Address For Send A Smile Today?
Handmade or store-bought cards can be sent to:
Send A Smile Today
9462 Brownsboro Road #381
Louisville, KY 40241
The Nursing Home Card Project
The Nursing Home Card Project provides handmade cards to men and women who live in nursing homes in the United States and beyond.
The Nursing Home Card Project has sponsored a nursing home in 34 states in the United States.
They have also sponsored seven different countries, including Italy, Scotland, England, Korea, Australia. Germany and Japan.
While you can send The Nursing Home Card Project your completed cards, they would love for you to find one of their partner nursing homes in your area and deliver it in person.
When designing cards for them, please keep these things in mind:
- They acept any handmade that comes from the heart.
- Consider including a joke or poem on the inside.
- Stickers, glitter, and other textured adornments are just fine for their audience.
- It is important to your message(s) in BIG LETTERS since many nursing home residents have a hard time seeing.
What Is The Address For The Nursing Home Card Project?
The website always features a “Nursing Home of the Month” which you can find on their home page.
On October 25, 2023 their featured nursing home is:
ATTN: Activities Director
804 Burnett Dr.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Help us get a card to all 60 residents
A Bright Spot
A Bright Spot accepts cards for all occasions and sentiments.
They provide cards to a wide variety of people including:
- hospitalized children,
- military members stationed overseas, and
- individual requests.
You can learn about their immediate needs on their volunteer page.
Also, it’s important to pay close attention to their handmade card guidelines because they have some specific requests.
What Is The Address For A Bright Spot?
After making a batch of cards to donate, please send them to:
A Bright Spot
5912 Onondaga Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816
Ideas For Handmade Card Donations To Charity
One of the biggest barriers I hear from people when it comes to donating handmade cards to charity is that they get stumped on what to make.
So, to kick start your handmade card donations, here are some ideas on what to make as well as some designs you can print and cut to your heart’s content.
These 3 card-making tutorials will make your handmade donations a lot easier. Just click on a picture to take you to the tutorial.
For Basketball Fans
Inspirational Cards For Cat Lovers
Still Looking For More Handmade Card Designs?
If you want even more handmade card designs, you can try these card designs with flowers or tackle a new style using one of these 12 creative handmade card designs to make and donate.
How Many Cards Should I Donate To Charity?
When you are making handmade cards to donate to charity, like many other types of donations, no amount is too small. Each card will make a difference in a person or patient’s life.
One of the best things about handmade cards is that you can do a marathon card-making session or just sneak in a card here and there when you have 5 – 10 minutes.
Making handmade cards to donate is a great stress reliever too because you can focus on something creative that will help someone else.
Share The Goods
Please leave a comment below and share additional organizations where you donate cards so I can add them to my list of places that accept donations. Thank you!