Card Donations (Monroe)
Share a smile through a card!
Your card donations will be sent to people that need encouragement.
We’re happy to announce that our Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop store in Monroe, WA will be collecting cards that we will send to multiple organizations that will distribute to people that are going through difficult times.
Below are guidelines provided by both organizations.
Send A Smile
CARD MAKING GUIDELINES – Send a Smile
- 95% of our card recipients are adults, 5% are children and teens. We need mostly adult cards.
- Use cardstock only. Not accepted: cards made on printer paper or construction paper
- Cards should be folded, not flat
- Write uplifting messages inside. See below for examples.
- Do not write “Get Well Soon” – we will not accept these cards
- Do not write “Feel Better Soon” – we will not accept these cards
- Do not reference any religious words as we do not know the religious beliefs of our card recipients.
- Sign your first name inside the card so the person receiving the card will know who made it. It is ok to include a business name if your company wishes to do so.
- Store bought cards are acceptable, however, you must add a personal handwritten message inside, signed by you.
- We accept Valentine’s Day cards only. We do not accept other holiday cards including Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc. holiday cards.
- All donations must come from a smoke-free home.
- When donating envelopes along with your cards – keep the envelopes separate from the cards. (Keep the stack of cards and stack of envelopes separate.) Do not stuff the cards inside the envelopes. Do not seal the envelopes shut.
- When donating postage stamps, do not put the stamp on the envelope – keep the stamps separate on the sheet they came on.
You may write your own personal uplifting message on the card or you can choose from the 11 message options below. Avoid saying “Get Well Soon”, “Feel Better Soon”, and including religious messages as we do not know the religious beliefs of those receiving the cards. Please sign your name on the inside of the card so the person receiving the card will know who made the card. Multiple people can sign the same card for added support.
- We are thinking of you
- Sending a little sunshine your way
- We are thinking of you and hope for you continued healing
- We hope to put a smile on your face today
- Sending a smile your way today
- Our thoughts and encouragement are with you
- Stay strong as you keep fighting through it. You are doing a great job
- We hope you have a great day
- Good thoughts and good wishes to you
- Keep your chin up and keep fighting
- Sending you a hug for a great day today
Cards For Hospitalized Kids
CARD MAKING GUIDELINES – Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Supplies: You can make a card with simply crayons and paper, or you can gather a bunch of supplies. It is entirely up to you.
You are welcome to use craft supplies such as: stickers, stamps, etc., so long as the products are not excessive to the point of falling/rubbing off the card (this can create health concerns for some kids). This is especially important to keep in mind when using glitter. Every week, we receive cards with excessive amounts of glitter and are forced to throw those cards away.
Rubbing your finger across the glitter, stamp ink, etc., to ensure that little to nothing rubs off, is typically a sufficient way to tell whether the product is excessive.
Addressing the card:
Since we do not yet know the child’s name, please make sure you do not address the card to a specific person.
If you want to address the card, or writing within the card, here are some suggestions:
- “Hey There”
- “Hey you!”
- “To: a very special person”
Decide what to write on the card:
At the request of hospitals, we you not to write “Get well”, “Feel Better” or other illness related comments.
This is very important since some of the patients suffer from medical conditions that are chronic, life-long, progressive and/or terminal.
We recommend that you write uplifting messages such as:
- Stay strong
- You are awesome
- Never forget how amazing YOU are
- You rock
- I hope you have a great day today
- You shine brighter than the sun
- You inspire me
- Be Brave
- I believe in YOU
You can also come up with your own uplifting comments. If you want us to review any comments, feel free to contact us.
Make sure that you do not…
– Other than signing your first name, please do not include any personal information, such as: phone number, address, email address etc. Hospitals will not allow us to distribute cards with this information.
– Do not write any religious comments such as “God Bless” or “I’m praying for you”. Hospitals do not allows us to distribute cards with these comments. Hospitals treat patients of all religions as well as patients that do not practice religion, which is why they do not allow us to give out cards containing religious comments.
Sign your name:
Now, sign your first name on the card. You can also sign your state, such as “Katie from Nebraska”, if you wish to.