2017 Caring Hearts Card Drive

Hi all and welcome to the 8th annual Caring Hearts Card Drive. The purpose of our card drive is to collect holiday cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes. I started this card in 2010 in honor of my mom's request. The first year, we collected 750 cards. And each year it continue to grow bigger. Last year we received over 66,000 cards and distribute the cards to various nursing homes throughout the US, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.

The Caring Hearts team are excited to continue bringing holiday cheers to many nursing homes.

The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time many of the elderly who lives in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn't it be so 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. That someone still thinking of them.

We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to others, right? Some helpful people already agree to help us deliver the cards to selected nursing homes.


This card drive will be going on from October 2 to November 17, 2017. We need to receive your card by November 17, 2017.
Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes only.
All cards need to have a message inside (can be stamped or hand written).
Sign your name and where you are from inside the card.
Please include an envelope for each card and please don't seal the envelope.
Please stick to standard size A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card as this will help us in packing more efficiently
Please don't use any pins (safety reason).
This is totally optional. But, if you'd like to include $2 or $3 to help with shipping, it'll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves, so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously.

For US, you can mail the cards to:
  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007 
  • Christy Wilkerson, 8057 Hunters Ridge Drive, West Chester, OH 45069 
  • Jana Millen, 1047 Valley Wood Dr, Batavia, OH 45103

For Australia:
  • Deb McCleary, CHCDrive, PO Box 213, Heidelberg, VIC 3084, Australia 

For Canada:
  • Caroline Bredeson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1L9, Canada 
  • Rita Andrews, 28 West Gissing Rd, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1L6, Canada 

In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM. 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, we have several PRIZES ready for several winners. There will be many winners. :)

Also, if you 'd like to help us promote the card drive, whenever you're sharing your projects for Caring Hearts on social media, please use the hashtag #caringheartscarddrive. Part of my life goal is to spread kindness and make kindness a trend. :)

The nursing homes that we supported are based on what people suggested to us. If you want your local nursing homes to receive cards from the card drive, please email me or Jennifer the name of the nursing homes and the number of residents, so we can make sure that we send enough cards. Each year, we never know how many nursing homes we can support as the number are totally based on how many cards we received. To keep things organized, we assigned the 6 collecting addresses above.

I'll update the prize list as more prizes coming in. And huge thank you to all the fabulous, generous companies who support this card drive by donating awesome prizes.

PLATINUM PRIZES (everyone sending 100+ cards will be entered for these prizes)

                                                                Hero Arts - $100 GC

Gina K. Designs - $100 GC

Jennifer McGuire Ink - $100 in craft supplies

Organize More - $75 GC

GOLD PRIZE (everyone who send cards will be entered for these prizes)

Altenew - Two $30 GC

Avery Elle - $30GC

a2z Scrapbooking Supplies - $25 GC to the store,
$25 in Hero Arts Digital Stamp

Bossy Joscie - Christian Greeting & Planner set

Catherine Pooler - $50 GC

Clearly Besotted - approx $50 GC

Concord & 9th - $25 GC

Ellen Hutson - $25 GC

Honey Bee Stamps - Two $50 GC

Jane's Doodle - $50 GC

Kat Scrappiness - $50 GC

Lawn Fawn - Two $50 GC

Lil' Inker Designs - $35 GC

Mama Elephant - $25 GC

Neat & Tangled - $50 GC

Online Card Classes - Three free class spots for 3 winner

Paper Smooches - $50 GC

Pink & Main - $30 GC

Pretty Pink Posh - Two $25 GC

Reverse Confetti - $30 GC

Right At Home - $20 GC

Simon Says Stamp - $50 GC

Studio Katia - Canada $50 CG

Taylored Expressions - Two $25 GC

The Ton Stamps - $20 GC for The Ton stamps

Winnie & Walter - $50 GC

Wplus9 - $25 GC

I will update the prize list as I get more. :) Please feel free to share about this card drive. We really appreciate your support & generosity. Let's rock this card drive and bring Christmas joy to as many nursing homes as we can!! Thank you. 

PS: Thank you to Chaitali Narla for designing the badge. :)


Natalie said...

Thanks for doing the card drive again and all your hard work!

I sent some cards last year and I'm a bit sad that the UK option is gone. :(
I'm from Germany and sending a parcel to the US, Canada or Australia is quite expensive and takes a long time. I'll see what I can do and I will defenitly send some cards but I'll have to check about the amount (and weight).


Marianne said...

Looking forward to participate again this year. Just like Natalie, I noticed there's no option for sending any cards to the UK this year, so I guess I will need to send my cards to one of the other collection points as early as possible. If you would like me to send my cards to any particular address/location in view of last year's statistics, just let me know in a reply on your blog, and I will check back. Greetings from Crete, Greece!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Natalie, Marianne, due to work and commitment load, our UK counterpart not able to participate this year. But, you can still send in your cards to any of the address listed on the post. I really appreciate your support.

Marian White said...

I often make 5 or 10 of the same card. Is it ok to send in 10 of the same card or does every card have to be different.

Thank you and Thank You for doing this card drive and for all your hard work.

Marianne said...

Thanks Vera!

ScrappyKsue said...

I am so looking forward to making cards to send. In fact, I had already started awhile back getting ready for it. Can't wait to make more. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together again. Karen Sue

Barbara Rademacher said...

Thanks so much for putting yourself out this way in order to help elderly people at Christmas. Should the money we include in the box be cash or check?

MakeYourLifeColourful said...

I'll ship my cards to USA and Australia on monday (from the Netherlands). Hugs Heidi

Sundaystamper said...

Sent my cards and can't be more happy that I made it early this year!!!
Hoping we beat last year's record. I sent a few extra!!!
Thanks for allowing us to participate in this worthwhile event.

Char K said...

Barbara, I've just sent a few dollars in cash before. Thanks so much for letting us be part of this again! also, if you're in the UK, you could just send one or two at a time and it should only be regular letter rate. If so, you could send 10 cards for whatever 5 letters would cost. Obviously, check with the post office...but I've sent lightweight items overseas in a regular envelope for 49 cents. They can't be heavy or bulky though.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Package sent! Thanks for doing this again and again!

Susan said...

Is glitter allowed on the cards?

Vallie Taylor said...

My cards are ready to send! Thanks for the organizers and the sponsors for this opportunity to brighten someone's day during Christmas time.

lritchie said...

Just mailed off 13 cards to Alberta with stamps, I didn't know whether to put the cards in the envelope or not, two of my cards were quite feminine the other 11 were for anyone!

Tamara Payne said...

HELP! I am planning to mail 50 cards out for the Caring Hearts Drive and my printer just broke! Can I manually write out my SUBMISSION FORM? Need to mail these by today so they can get to Houston, TX by Friday. I've been working hard on these and don't want to miss the deadline.

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Yes, you can hand written the submission form if needed. Thank you. :)

Karen Claypool said...

I mailed 101 cards today but forgot to enclose $ for postage,can I mail it separately? Hoping mycards arrive by Friday the 17th.
I will assume I can send $ separately tomorrow. Thanks for doing this ministry,what a blessing to so many people. Thanks,

Natalie said...

Hi Vera,
my package is at your post office since monday! I hope you got a notification! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for all your work!


Sheila Langeslay said...

Hello Vera, I sent a package on Thursday and they said it would reach you by Friday so I am hoping that you received it. This project is so much fun and I look forward to it all year. Thank you for all your hard work.

lritchie said...

Hi Vera, when is the draw for all of the goodies? will we be notified by email or will it be posted somewhere. My first time participating in this great initiative! Thank you for all of you hard work. If I was closer to Alberta, I'd surely pitch in to help with this.

Lori from Vancouver Island

Unknown said...

I just want to say Thank You! My dad who lives in an Assisted Living facility received your cards! They were absolutely beautiful! I make cards myself and I want to help out next year! I can even help in my area if needed!
Bev from Bowie, Maryland

missgailly said...

Will there be a post listing the total number of cards that were sent and distributed? I was part of the sorting committee for the cards that arrived in Ottawa, Canada and there were (I believe) 6000 plus.

Sherianne Buehler said...

Hello, Ling! I continue to be amazed at the crating community's generosity! I loved seeing all the boxes of cards! I was curious about the drawing for prizes as I haven't seen an update. Will the winners be posted somewhere? Thanks!

June-Marie said...

Hi...I know it is early, but was wondering if there will be another card drive for 2018...thank you


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