Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2018 Caring Hearts Update & Prize Winner Announcement

Hi everyone. Sorry it took us a while to finish everything. Thank you for your patience. It's been a whirlwind, crazy few weeks for all of us at Caring Hearts. Most of us work full time, so it's been quite a struggle trying to balance everything out and get this done. And, Lynn one of our volunteer lost her dad a couple weeks ago, so for her to be so committed in finishing this card drive is simply amazing. I am grateful for my team. We did 2018! This year, we have another great turn out for the card drive that truly humble me. 

Here's some of the facts from this year:

- Last year, for US, Canada, & Australia we received close to 47,000 cards. This year, we received 29,147. And we expanded back to UK, thanks to Tania who offered to help collect cards for UK. 

- We have about 600 contributors. THANK YOU to each and everyone of you! You all are amazing. 

- We mailed the card packages to about 300 nursing homes and some elderly that are home bound and lives by themselves.

- Fun tidbits, Rita Andrews our volunteer in Canada got interviewed by her local newspaper and Caring Hearts Card Drive made the news in Canada. It gives me such wonderful feeling that Caring Hearts become part of a school program that encourage students to engage in meaningful and empathetic activities and is a required course.You can see the article HERE.

I am very proud of the way this card drive has grown. In our first year in 2010, I received 750 cards and look at where we are now. And, it's all because of YOU! Your support and generosity are what make it so successful. And, I am so very grateful for your support & kindness. And, huge thank you to my team of volunteers, whose dedication and commitment are simply means the world to me. I love & appreciate each of you!!

Now, what many been waiting for. The winners for Caring Hearts prizes! For all the winners, I'll be emailing all of you this weekend. As you can see the list is pretty long, so please bear with me. Congratulations & thank you for all your supports. :)


A Jillian Vance Design  $25 GC - Adrienna Chavez

Altenew  Two $50 GC - Suzanne Gribbon & Billie Tounzen

Avery Elle  Two $50GC - Mary An & Midori Riecke

Bossy Joscie  $50 GC -  Debbie O'Connor

Butterfly Reflections Ink  Two $25 GC - Cynthia Yankovich & Sharon Christian

Catherine Pooler  Prize Package - Lynn Lohne

Clearly Besotted  approx
 £30 GC - Katya Ireland

Ellen Hutson  Two $25 GC - Eileen Babka & Debbie Dobbins

Gina K. Designs  Two $100 GC - Ann Kikuchi & Enna Adams

Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts – Three $50 GC - Sharon Roselli, Ayaka Oldham, Adrian Michaud

Hero Arts $50 GC - Cheryl Yamashita

Honey Bee Stamps  Two $50 GC - Kathy Black & Sally Foos

Jane’s Doodle  $50 GC - Alma Dirpaul

Jennifer McGuire Ink  $100 to SSS - Lori Dehaii

Kat Scrappiness  $25 GC - Norma Canete

Lawn Fawn  Three $50 GC - Sue Perkins, Marsha Bennet & Nikki Cochran

Lil’ Inker Designs $50 GC - Anne Slattery

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards £30 GC - Anang Agarwalla

Mama Elephant $25 GC - Laura Litzinger

My Favorite Things $50 GC - Diana Weaver

Newston’s Nook Designs Two $25 GC - Karen Talbot & Takisha Hearne

Organize More $75 GC - Ileana Rivera

Paper Smooches Two $25 GC - Diane Hermiman & Kit Arndt

Picket Fence Studios Two $50 GC - Lercy Rubin & Kaitlyn McCleary

Pink & Main $25 GC - Betty Bywater
Pretty Pink Posh Two $50 GC - Karen Olaveson & Susan Chateli

Reverse Confetti $25 GC - Cheryl Alipio

Right At Home $20 GC - Kirsten Krause

Simon Says Stamp $50 GC - Becky Thomas

Spellbinders  $25 GC - Karen Sanjo

Studio Katia  Two $35 CG - Mary Plaisance & Judy Downey

Stamp & Storage  $100 GC - Kim Washburn

SugarPea Designs $30 GC - Stephanie Mah

Taylored Expressions Four $25 GC - Jackie Sitton, Libby Foreman, Brealynn Mann & Audrey Evers

The Greeting Farm $40 GC - Mellanie Risenhower

The Ton Stamps $20 GC for The Ton stamps - Lisa Dixon

Winnie & Walter Two $50 GC - Robin Hoff & Darlene Russel

Wplus9 $25 GC - Anne Nolan


A. Rose said...

Congrats to all the winners. Thanks to all the workers for packaging and dealing with all our cards. But especially thanks to all who sent cards, we’re a great community!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh that's AWESOME! I see my name - Woohoo! Thank you and big congrats to all winners! THANK YOU so much, Ling, and your team! You do such an awesome job organizing this campaign - those numbers are staggering! I am happy that so many seniors are going to have a bright spot in their day when they receive a handmade card this holiday season. This card drive is very important, and I am glad to be part of it. Thank you! To Lynn, I am so sorry about your Dad.

Terrie D. (StarSpry) said...

Thank you for hosting this card drive every year! I always enjoy making cards to contribute. And thank you to all the prize sponsors and volunteers who help out. :) Congratulations to all the winners!!

Heidi said...

Fabulous results, thanks for the hard work! And congrats to all the winners!

Marcia said...

Big congrats to all the winners! This is such a great thing you guys do! Thanks to all the sponsors and to the volunteers. Merry Christmas everyone.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Congrats to all!

Deanne H said...

Happy New Year! I subscribed to your blog and instagram. Best wishes to you for a wonderful 2019.

bluemoon said...

Congratulations on this successful card drive Vera. I donate every year to my Mom's nursing home in Ontario Canada, and cards are sent in from Caroline to make up the difference. I know the staff was happy when they saw my cards come in 2 days before Christmas up north, and on Christmas Day, families and residents were all buzzing about the beautiful cards! This makes a huge difference. My Mom's nursing home has a budget of $3 each to travel outside and find little gifts for the residents in the 2 sister homes of 93 people, and they write a personal card to each resident also.

I just wanted you know that I see first hand every year, how thrilled they all are to receive everyone's cards. Some have asked me if I made them, and I've shared with just 1 or 2, and they are so happy to know it was made specially for them! Thank you to all those who sent their beautiful creations in for this card drive.
Jan in Ontario

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