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Host a card-making party with other families to celebrate any holiday with kindness and artistic flair!

Host a Card-Making Party

Perfect for every holiday!

Whether it’s Halloween, Valentine’s Day or Christmas, think of all the people who would be cheered by your handiwork.


Possible recipients

Folks at a local nursing home or hospital, or connect with one of these great organizations:

What you’ll need

  • Plain paper or blank card
  • Envelopes (optional, depending on how/where you distribute your cards)
  • Markers, crayons and other decorating supplies

Instructions

  • Decide on your recipients. If you choose a local institution (hospital, care facility, veteran’s home), call first to be sure they can take your donation.
  • Describe your theme and invite friends and family over.
  • If you’re making cards for the children featured on hugsandhope.org, print out the photos and stories of the children. Then the cards can be more personal.
  • Decorate! You may want to write happy holiday messages, but make sure to keep them non-denominational unless the institution serves only one religious group.
  • Mail your cards or take them to a local facility. If the latter, ask if you can go from room to room delivering the cards personally. If not, ask a staff member to deliver them to residents who most need cheering up.

Reflections

  • Why might it feel good to receive a handmade holiday card?
  • What kind gestures have others done for you over the holidays?
  • Why is it nice to bring family and friends together to do this type of project?
  • What other holiday surprises can you come up with to show someone you care?

Resources

  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996). Ages 3 and up. A grumpy, lonely man discovers the importance of friendship when he receives an unexpected package from an admirer. A compelling message about the power of kindness.
  • Kids’ Random Acts of Kindness by Dawna Markova (Conari Press, 1994). 4 and up. Stories of loving kindness written by kids of all ages.

Take it Further

  • If you deliver your cards to a local organization, think about including baked goods or flowers. Be sure to check with the organization first.
  • Make bookmarks or other flat, handmade items to include in the cards.
  • If you had fun making cards, make it a monthly tradition!

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