Friday, November 29, 2019

2019 Caring Hearts Prize Winners Announcement

Hi everyone. Phew, what a way to celebrate 10th year of Caring Hearts Card Drive. By the end of October, we were struggling with our cards count, then, after some social media sharing by some amazing people, suddenly the last 2 weeks of the card drive we received an avalanche of cards.

Now that we finished with all the paperwork & tally, the total for the whole US, Canada & Australia is 33,345 cards.  And 19,615 of them just at my end. So, if at the beginning we needed cards, at the end, we were needing more nursing homes. Thank you to everyone who helped me with this. Also, thank you for the postage donation. Shipping price has increased quite a bit & last year we were in the red. Thankfully this year we received more donations that allow us to cover more homes. 

It's been a stressful, crazy year for me personally and I wasn't even sure that I was going to be able to do Caring Hearts this year. But, we did it!! I am so grateful for my team of volunteers. They kept me going year after year. They cheered me on to keep doing it & their dedication truly humble me. I wish I could hug each of them in person. Fun tidbit, none of us ever meet in person. But if we do, they'll get big, big hugs from me.

This card drive has grown so much. In our first year in 2010, I started with 750 cards and I was doing it all by myself. I was only able to send cards to a few nursing home. Now, we're sending cards to over close to 350 nursing homes. 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.

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. And also please, please support all these companies that every year generously supporting Caring Hearts. :)


A Jillian Vance Design $20 GC - Joanna Cheung

Altenew Two $50 GC - Janna Mydland & Maureen Sheehan

Avery Elle Two $50GC - Ann Bowen & Dodie Roberson

Bossy Joscie Free Return Address Stamp - Linda Gorun

Butterfly Reflections Ink Two $50 GC - Joy Ott & Stefanie White

Clearly Besotted approx £30 GC - Jung Ah Sang

Concord & 9th Two $25 GC - Susan Miller & Jill Daverso

Ellen Hutson $25 GC - Sandy Costanios

Gina K. Designs Three $50 GC - Elizabeth Russell, Jennifer Devries & Allison Leigh

Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts Three $50 GC - Arlene Stump, Judy Downey & Robin Ridpath

Hero Arts $25 GC - Beverly Pevarnick

Honey Bee Stamps Two $50 GC - Richard Breaks & MaryKay Werry

Jane’s Doodle $50 GC - Sarah Adams

Jennifer McGuire Ink $200 prize pkg - Lon Tomokiyo

Kat Scrappiness $25 GC - Louise Neveu

Lawn Fawn Two $50 GC - Gabriela Carrasco & Courtney Kreeper

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards £30 GC - Marigold Draper

Miss Ink Stamps $25 GC - Melissa Holway

My Favorite Things $50 GC - Julie Whitman

Neat & Tangled $25 GC - Mildred Murphy

Newston’s Nook Designs Two $25 GC - Kristina Mathey & Mary Davis

Online Card Classes - Class of choice: 1. Ann Tuck 2.Jacqueline Rawes 3. Patricia Bauer 4. Line Dumont 5. Robyn Bowles 6. Crystal Davis 7. Kim van Putten 8. Tina Lee  9. Pat Pahl 10. Melissa Krook

Organize More $75 GC - Charlotte Williams

Paper Smooches $25 GC - Mary Webster

Pink & Main $25 GC - Cathy Bolheimer

Pretty Pink Posh Two $25 GC - Carol Hintermeier & Olivia Mikolaitis

Simon Says Stamp $50 GC - Colleen McLafferty

SugarPea Designs $50 GC - Dawn Marie Manning

Taylored Expressions Four $25 GC - 1. Janice Elder 2. Mary Ann Denyer 3. Tammy Butters 4. Arissa Tiba

The Ton Stamps Stamp set of choice - Nicole Morgan

Waffle Flower $100 GC - Debbie Minton


Terrie D. (StarSpry) said...

Thank you, Vera, for running this card drive again this year!! And thank you to all the volunteers who help you! How wonderful that you received so many cards that you needed to find more nursing home to donate to. :) Congratulations to all the winners!

Gab said...

That is an amazing amount of cards!Wow! I'm so impressed! Big congrats to all the lucky winners!

KristieKreates said...

So glad I could help out again this year. Next year I may have another Nursing home to send cards to, we'll see when the time comes. Thank you to you and all your helpers for all that y'all do. I know it is a huge job, but y'all do a great job.

creatingincolors said...

What an amazing accomplishment, a fine example of caring, kindness, and generosity. It feels so good knowing that over 33,000 smiles are on their way to the card recipients. Thank you, Vera, for leading this wonderful effort.

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Chark said...

Congrats to the winners and thank you, Vera and company, for letting us be a part of this great way to use our cards!

Deb McCleary said...

Vera, I love this card drive so much and it is a privilege to help you each year! Congratulations to all the winners, especially my ladies in Australia!!


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