Saturday, October 2, 2010


Edited 10/22/10 to add: Prizes from Erin Terrell Clarkson

Caring Hearts Card Drive   is inspired by my love for my mom. Through this card drive I am hoping to collect a ton of holiday cards for the elderly that lives in a nursing homes or care center or assisted living place. 

My mom suggested this idea earlier this year. She said, "Sometime as much as the elderly understand that it might be necessary for them to live in care center or nursing homes, it's still not an easy thing to be away from your family or being away from their home. It can be lonely and some of them might not even have anyone who would visit them. Would be nice if you can get a bunch of cards send to them".

Holidays is about family, about kindness, joy. The holidays are the times when many of them would really feel  the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn't it be awesome if we can bring a smile to their face & brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten.

Some of the places that receive the cards are the residents of Baton Rouge Health Care Center, Lovette Place, & Afton Oaks in Houston, and Pavilion Assisted Living in New Jersey. Lorraine, the activity director at BR Health Care Center said the residents love receiving cards. It brighten their days tremendously. A huge thank you to Lori Janise & Leslie Chamorro for helping me organizing this drive.

Since we all love making cards, why don't we make at least one for this drive? I can hope, right, that many of you will help?

A few details:
  • This card drive will be going on till mid November. I will need to receive yor cards by November 15, 2010 that way  we can send the cards out in time for Thanksgiving. Christmas cards will be save for Christmas delivery.
  • Please make the cards for either Thanksgiving or Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card, your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message in it.  Please also sign your name and where you are from.  On the card envelope, write your name on the top left corner.  Also, please don't seal the envelope, as we will address the card when we deliver them to the nursing homes. Due to privacy policy, the nursing homes or the care center cannot share the resident's name to public.
  • Please stick to just cards. 
  • All cards need to be mailed to the following address:
                        Vera Yates
       Caring Hearts Card Drive
       P.O Box 16321
       Sugar Land, TX 77496 
  • In each package, PLEASE include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and how many cards you sent.  This helps us in keeping track for prizes!  For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances. 
To thank you for your generosity in supporting this drive, I have several PRIZES ready for several winners. And as of this moment, there's still some prizes from other donors that's still in the work. The amount of winners will be determined by the amount of participants & final prize donation. Please remember,  the prize list will be UPDATED as more prizes collected.

Special thanks to all of the donors who have donated the following for the Caring Hearts Card Drive

$25 Lawn Fawn Gift certificate

$25 gift certificate to DeNami Design Online Store

6 special issues:
225 Cards & Gifts
Stamp It! Cards
Holiday Cards & More
Go-to Sketches
Card Creations: Vol 8
Card Creations: Start to Finish


$25 Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate with demonstrator Brenda Cook from

Digital stamp set of your choice from Digital Doodles

$15 worth of digital stamps of your choice 

"Madeline Bake A Cake" set & another set of digital stamps of your choice

2 Digital stamp sets of your choice

3 Digital stamp sets of your choice


They will do a special challenge for this drive on October 20, and if you join this challenge, you'll have a chance of winning prizes from them.

- Send your cards in to the address above. Each card count as one entry. The more you enter the better your chance.
- If you have a blog, please link THIS POST on your side bar.
You can use the logo on the top or any of the prize pic.
Once you do this add your blog link below.
Tips: to add the logo to your side bar, save the logo pic to your computer. Copy the link to this post. On your blog dashboard, click "Add gadget", click "Add picture", a small window will open where you can upload the logo pic, add this post link, & on the caption you can put "Open till November 15, 2010".

The hope is to generate as many cards as we can for those who could use a random act of kindness.
This is my first time organizing this and I know I probably didn't have all the details, as there is so much to think about. I will add more as we go, so if you have any questions, please email me. 

Good luck and a huge thank you so much for your kindness.


Kathy Martin said...

This is such a great idea Vera! You have such a big heart and I love your generosity! I've blogged about the event and hope we can make the Caring Hearts Card Drive a super success! :)

Angi Barrs said...

Wonderful idea. Had not heard of this organization. I may have to just join in on this great cause. I see you are in Sugar Land. I'm here in The Woodlands. Small world:)

Audrey Pettit said...

I love that you are doing this, Vera, and will help all that I can. Will definitely be linking this up to my blog and will get to work on some cards. Happy WCMD to you!

B said...

Fab idea and great generosity! Happy WCMD and hope the drive goes well!

Kelly said...

Count me in! My Granny spent several years in a nursing home and my family and I saw many residents there who never got visitors so I will participate in honor of Nola "GRANNY"! (:

Kelly said...

I am kinda new to the blog thing and I have put badges and things on my blog, but I am having trouble figuring out how to get the heart picture and linky added. If anyone can help, please let me know!

Dana said...

What a great event!! I will definately post on my blog and I pray this is a huge success!!

Mami Doodles said...

It is a beautiful initiative, I'm sure it will be very sucessful, I'll have some cards done for you.

Isha Gupta said...

Great event Vera and thanks for letting us know to help. Will make few cards and post them to you.

Unknown said...

I linked on my sidebar - part of Lindsay's DT :) Good luck with the event - I hope to send some your way!

Cheryl said...

I added a link at the top of the side bar on my blog.

Thank you!

PinkPug,INK. said...

Great idea for a card drive! Will definitely set aside time to make some cards for this!

Thanks for stopping by my blog & saying Cinnamon is cute!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Vera
Great idea hun! I will add a link on my blog in a mo - I love love LOVE this idea xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Amy T. sent me over!! I am gonna be joining in! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Janice said...
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Janice said...

I plan to send cards! I always deliver holiday cards to my Grandma's nursing home for the residents. I blogged about it here

Katie Ann Brooks said...

What an awesome thing to do, thanks!

Unknown said...

I've been making holiday cards so I will include in my tasks and send you some cards. This is a great idea!

Winter said...

I'm so glaf that you are doing this card drive. Some of the elderly get so lonely and I think cards would sure brighten their day! :)
When I did the card drive for St. Judes Hospital, TX Children's Hospital, and Nashville Children's Hospital, it was such a Blessing to them and me! I will try my best to send you some cards for them and I will be praying that you recieve lots of cards! If I can help in any way, just let me know. God Bless you! :)

Ruthie said...

Hey there - this is great - have reposted it onto my new blog - its a blog dedicated to charity type crafters - people who do nice things through their crafting skills

Please pop over and take a peek - yours is our first "proper" entry!


Ren-Yi said...

:) it's on my blog and i've called the troops together from Scrap Our Stash. So glad you're doing this. A very fantastic idea.

Cor* said...

I think this is just fantastic. A wonderful idea. I will be sending you a few cards for sure! I posted it on the link above, as well as on my other blog here . I sure hope you get a ton of cards! Thanks for allowing me to be part of your RAK!! Good luck!

Tex In The City said...

WOW! I wish I were crafty! I would so make a card!

scrappin2babygirls said...

this is so very nice of you! I have started following you and plan to send numerous cards to you for this cause. And all the prizes are just a bonus I was gonna send them when I thought it was just for the thought of doing something nice. thanks for doing this.

Theresa's Studio said...

What a great event. You have my spport and I will be sending you cards. I linked to your drive on my sidebar and included a link to my post about a Thanksgiving card.

Monica said...

Hi Vera,

I came across your blog while I was blog hopping... I make cards for charity and would love to send some to you.

There is one thing I wanted to understand... that is what kind of message should one write inside the card? Sorry for sounding so dumb but just wanted a clarification.

I will make some cards and send you at the earliest because the post from this side of the world will take rather long.

xxx Monica

Cindy Groh said...

Fabulous idea. I'm sending some out this week. TY for putting it together. What a saint you are.

cheryl said...

this is such a wonderful idea,thanks for putting this altogether hugs cheryl x

walchowDesign said...

Hi Vera,

I know I'm very late with responding to this charity call. Please let me know if I can still send out the cards which will be on MOnday and I think it will take about 1 week to arrive USA from Holland! What message should I write inside the card? Thanks!

Sue Lelli said...

Hi Vera! I hope you receive a bazillion cards! This is a GREAT idea!

Zafran ali said...

What a great event!! I will definitely post on my blog and I pray this is a huge success!Thank,s
Plastic Card.

Linda W. said...

Hi Vera

A number of your friends would love an update on the cards received and all.

Hope it was awesome and several of us sent a lot of cards to those wonderful residents of the homes.

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