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.
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
- 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.
- 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?
- 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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