Hello Sweet Fans and welcome to the very first installment of my new series, Ink it Forward. Every two weeks, I will be profiling organizations that accept handmade paper projects (like cards or bookmarks) for people who could benefit from our talents. I introduced you to the series here.
I am excited to profile the first organization, Card Care Connection.
About the Organization
Card Care Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sympathetic messages and motivational cards to those who face cancer. The organization’s goal is to provide an uplifting message of hope to brighten their day. Through this program, volunteer card makers from all over the United States create handmade cards. Card Care Connection collects and distributes these handmade cards free of charge to identified individuals who may benefit from support.
Aleeza Granote, founder of Card Care Connection, said:
“I began Card Care Connection through my experience as a clinical medical social worker, in both end of life care and oncology clinics. Through my work, I witnessed firsthand the isolation and loneliness effecting patients as a result of lengthy treatments and extensive travel to hospitals far from their homes. The simple gesture of extending outreach in order to send a message of hope impacted many individuals as such a kind and hopeful act, especially providing comfort and encouragement to many who lack other support networks or coping skills, allowing them to feel empowered through a vulnerable time”
Any person with cancer; regardless of type of cancer, stage of the disease, age, income or geographical location; is eligible to receive cards. Card Care Connection focuses on those who have a limited support system or coping abilities. Because some of those individuals do not have a strong group of family and friends to encourage them, your handmade cards can offer so much hope to these people.
One grateful recipient said:
“I want to say thank you for the beautiful handmade card. This is so appreciated beyond words. What a nice thing you do for people you have never met. God bless everyone that takes the time to volunteer for this program. I am doing great thanks to the support and love from people like you.”
How to Get Involved
You can get all the information you need from their web site, which includes guidelines and even packing slips. I encourage you to check them out for full details. They accepts cards all year long and you can send as many cards as you wish from a few cards to an entire box. Cards with hopeful and encouraging messages like thinking of you, have a nice day, hello, care & concern, and hopeful messages are welcome. Blank cards are also acceptable. Please try to avoid get well soon, feel better, and religious messages. Some of our recipients are terminal and it is often hard to gauge religious involvement based on individual backgrounds.
Here is one card I plan to send to Card Care Connection.
Using Elegant Sentiments, I stamped “happy” in Versamark onto water color paper and heat set it with gold embossing powder. Then, I rubbed Gelatos at the same angle as the sentiment and used a water brush to blend. I stamped “you’re my friend” onto black paper with Versamark, heat set it with white embossing powder, and angled the strip to be parallel with the sentiment.