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Old 12-29-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default DONT THROW CHRISTMAS CARDS AWAY!!

Found this posted by another scser and feel it deserves to be spread around.

Here is another idea for what to do with your old Christmas cards (any occasion cards, actually):

Send them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, a safe, nurturing home and therapeutic residential treatment center for abused, abandoned and neglected children. "The children make new recycled cards from the donated ones by removing the front and attaching a new back made with recycled paper. The new card is a beautiful, 'green' card made by the children and volunteers." The cards are then sold to raise money for the ranch.

"The benefits are two-fold: customers receive 'green' holiday cards for use, and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of 'going green'." I would add that the donors eliminate clutter from their house, so they benefit too! Sounds like a win-win-win situation to me!

St. Jude's is only accepting cards until February 28, 2009, so don't delay! Remember, they take all occasion cards too, not just Christmas ones. To get the address and more information, go to:

http://www.stjudesranch.org/help_card.php
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This is really good to know! Certainly helps the hospital and the environment! I never realizex St.Jude's did this.
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I've GOT to get mine sent in! I have a pile from last year too that I couldn't bear to toss!
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Thanks for posting! I have an entire photo box full of old card samples from demo swaps that I can send them!
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Glad to see that they have resumed taking cards again, they had stopped. Will be sending my in this year for sure!!
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Glad to see some jumping on board. I am gathering up cards from my family members as well.
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I had heard that this program was discontinued, but it is still on their website. If you want to know more:

http://www.stjudesranch.org/help_card.php
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Oh I love St, Jude, what a great idea!!!
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This is very cool! Thanks for the info!
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Lots or agencies do this. My MIL gets these cards from local nuns in KS.
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thanks for posting this doris..ill be sending mine out next week...
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If St. Jude won't take them you might want to make inquiries at your childrens school, My sister in Law is an art teacher and last year I gave her a box of cards a friend of mine had (she never threw any of her cards out) She uses them for her students to make projects. I just removed all the backs and gave her the fronts of the card.
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Their web site indicates they'll be accepting cards through February.

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This is wonderful to know... thank you for the info!
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yes it does but it also indicates they are not accepting cards at this time so they figure out a new way to handle the cards more efficiently, so I am not sure
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To help clarify they had suspended the program for awhile while they figured out how they wanted to do things, etc. It is now open for only a few months a year.
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Thank you for sharing this opportunity!

And, yes.... their sentence about "we temporarily suspended" is written in the past tense.
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Thanks for posting this. I now feel good about getting rid of all my old cards!
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After February 2009 when St Jude's Ranch stops accepting them, I'll take them. I'm the card coordinator for Operation Quiet Comfort and am collecting the card fronts (store bought and hand made) to make into the cards for next years holiday shipment. OQC supports over 60 combat support hospitals and the cards are completed with personal messages and given to wounded troops and the medical staffs that care for them.

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Has anyone checked with them to see if they will accept handmade card fronts?
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Thanks for sharing this information!
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So you only want the fronts?
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How cool! Everyone should do this!
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After February 2009 when St Jude's Ranch stops accepting them, I'll take them. I'm the card coordinator for Operation Quiet Comfort and am collecting the card fronts (store bought and hand made) to make into the cards for next years holiday shipment. OQC supports over 60 combat support hospitals and the cards are completed with personal messages and given to wounded troops and the medical staffs that care for them.

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Thank you for posting this

do you take all occasions?
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For those of you fond of the St. Jude charity, go to www.mathathon.org and encourage your school to participate. Our school does it every year. It's fun and rewarding for the kids to use their skills to raise $$$ for this most generous group.
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Thanks ror the link, this is exactly what I needed.
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Glad to see that they have resumed taking cards again, they had stopped. Will be sending my in this year for sure!!
Great to hear, our church had sent them for years until they quit taking the cards a few years ago. I will get all of those we have saved and mail them off.
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After February 2009 when St Jude's Ranch stops accepting them, I'll take them. I'm the card coordinator for Operation Quiet Comfort and am collecting the card fronts (store bought and hand made) to make into the cards for next years holiday shipment. OQC supports over 60 combat support hospitals and the cards are completed with personal messages and given to wounded troops and the medical staffs that care for them.

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I would love to participate in this program. Will pass it one to family members also, as my son-in-law is in the military. TFS.
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Can Canadian's contribute as well? My MIL keeps sending me card fronts to use and I never seem to find a use for them, I would hate to see them go to waste.
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That's such a wonderful idea! I'll have to send some!
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I'm glad I saw this. I'll be sending some to them!
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Thank you so much! I don't like throwing away cards either. This is great!!
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