Create Greeting Cards
Turn your art into an act of kindness.
If you have perpetual doodlers in the family, put those creative juices to work making cards for children with a serious illness.
What you'll need
- Blank cards and envelopes (or paper you can cut or fold to make a card)
- Decorating supplies: markers, crayons, stamps + stamp pads, stickers
- View photos of the children on the websites above and read a little about each child’s illness and his or her interests.
- Have your children choose which child they want to cheer up.
- Decorate the card(s) and write uplifting messages, such as “Enjoy Your Day.” (Avoid get-well sentiments, because many of these children may be sick for a long time.)
- See the Hugs and Hope website for additional card-making guidelines.
- Simply mail your cards to the address provided for each child. Or, decorate cards for folks in a local hospital, nursing home or veteran’s home. Here you may have the bonus of handing out your handiwork in person and having a brief chat.
- Would you like to receive mail if you were sick? How would it make you feel?
- What else makes you feel better when you’re sick?
- Do you remember ever being sick for a long time? How would it feel to be sick for weeks, months or even years?
- Was there a time when you weren’t feeling well and someone did something nice for you? How did it feel?
- Sometimes it can be uncomfortable to be around a sick person or visit a hospital. Why is that? What can we do to change that feeling?
- Going to the Hospital by Fred Rogers (Puffin, 1997). Ages 2 and up. A comforting look at hospitals and hospital procedures through the experiences of two young children.
- Franklin Goes to the Hospital by Paulette Bourgeois (Scholastic Inc., 2000). Ages 4-8. Franklin’s visit to the hospital to repair a cracked shell can introduce young children to all aspects of a hospital stay.
- The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco (Philomel, 2007). Ages 6 and up. When a young girl discovers she has leukemia, she and her friends learn how to make the best out of sour lemons.
- Because of Anya by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Ages 8 and up. The story of a young girl diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and her attempts to hide her illness in order to lead a normal life.
Take it further
- Set up a card-making “station” at home – with paper, envelopes and decorating supplies. When anyone in the family has some down time and wants to spread some cheer, everything will be ready to go.
- Expand your card-making efforts to friends who are going through a tough time. Or use your handmade cards to express gratitude to a neighbor, family member or community member who has made a positive difference in your family’s life.
- Invite other families over for a card-making party, complete with unusual and imaginative decorating supplies.
- Think of other simple, flat items to include with your cards – stickers, temporary tattoos, bookmarks.
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