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Old 01-23-2006, 10:39 AM   #1
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I am curious if anyone has a story or thoughts on how their stamping helps others . . . in your church, community, neighborhood etc. Do you have a nice story of someone who was touched by your talent? Has the world as a whole become a better place because you can stamp? I am just looking for inspiration, I know we are all individuals with our own talents and I want to use this talent to help others in some way . . . any thoughts, or is this too deep?
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:50 AM   #2
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Nice to see what others do with their creations

I signed up to be a card angel with www.chemoangels.com I have been assigned a buddy and send her 2-3 cards a week to help keep her spirits up.

I also send cards to www.shareacard.org

My son's elementary school also visits the county nursing home every couple of months and the teachers always ask for items to make a gift basket for the residents. I take about 5-8 cards and envelopes and tie them up together. I'll make about 10 of those or so depending on how many cards I have laying around
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Old 01-23-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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I have two mother/child stampers groups per month. I charge $5.00 for a mother/child(ren) unit - regardless of the number of children that mom brings with her I only charge $5.00 for mom and the children. We do two projects - a 6 x 6 scrapbook page and another project. These two groups are my favorite and I look forward to them every month! The ages of the children range from pre-school up to age 14. The children are sooo much fun and such a blessing!
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:10 PM   #4
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thanks for sharing, these are great ideas, I am bumping for the evening crowd
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:39 PM   #5
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I'm part of the Sons and Daughters Organization for the WWII Rangers and I send cards to the Rangers.

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I'm in the process of designing and making cards and such to donate to the local humane society to sell during the holidays to benefit homeless animals and the spay/neuter program. I'm always looking for other outlets to donate cards. I love making them but run out of people to send them to. I get tired of waiting around for a holiday or birthday or something!
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:21 PM   #7
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I'm glad I saw this thread - these are great ideas - I'm going to try some of them!

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Kristina, thank you for starting this thread. What a great way to learn of opportunities to share through our cards. I hope others will post additional suggestions.

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When I lived in NC I used to work through a Community College and I would go to a senior center where they fed folks a hot meal...then I came in and would "teach" stamping. It was around the holidays and I had 3 men and lots of little old ladies. None of them had ever seen a stamp but boy did they love it! I brought in colored pencils and pre cut the card stock. In particular, I had two large angel stamps that are now completely stained and grungy looking...they had so much "lovin" but they brought so much joy to that group!

Now the MOMs group at my church is going to make get well/valentines cards for Operation Quiet Comfort. DLS881 posted the address a few weeks back... they give cards to wounded soldiers. Let's not forget them!!
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Old 01-24-2006, 03:31 AM   #10
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yes, lets not forget the soldiers, cookcropsstamps (I think I have her name right,) hosted a swap for soldiers around the holiday time that I participated in . . .
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Our church is really small, so I haven't tried to get a cardmaking group going, but I have made a lot of cards for the Pastor & his wife to use. A few people know that I'm the one who makes them, and have commented that they love the cards as well as the written note itself.

One of my friends belongs to a larger church, and they have a group of ladies get together once/month and they make cards for visitors. This past summer, my friend was out shopping and happened to run into someone at the grocery store that she recognized as having visited. She said hello, and the other woman commented that she had received a lovely card. With that great starting point, my friend was able to tell her about some of the women's activiites.
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Our local Ronald McDonald House also takes donations of cards so the parents can send cards back home and let family know how their child is doing. I've donated some excess cards there.

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I know of two demos who have a get together where we stamp cards for soldiers that they can send home to their loved ones--all different occasions. They charge five dollars--then you make 4 cards for the soldiers and one for yourself--you get to keep 4 or 5 different cards that way and make about 20 for the soldiers.
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I've done/do a couple of things

1. Stamped cards a few times for the SCS Stamp your Heart Out campaign.

2. Stamped cards for our local Christian Contemporary radio station's Support the troops campaign

3. Included some cards in a care package sent to my co-worker stationed in Baghdad. He apologized for sending me back one of mine for a thank you--that was sweet.

4. Started a scrapbook club at my children's school to teach them how to stamp and scrapbook, encouraging them to journal about themselves and feelings promoting self-esteem.

5. Will be working with the Jr High youth group at church next week to stamp Valentines to include with Loaves & Fishes deliveries

6. I regularly send cards to (hopefully) brighten the day of people I think might need a lift. I try for once a week or so. I know of a few people battling cancer at this time and previously sent to the mom of my son's classmate that received a kidney transplant.

Stuff like that. Hope it helps.
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I go through the church prayer list every week and send cards to anyone who needs a card.... nothing "special" about doing that.... but I know I like to get cards when I'm in a rough spell!
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What a great thread!

Until last week my husband was serving OEF and that kept me busy. I stamped cards for my husband. Cards for his soldiers every two weeks, and remembered to send cards to commemorate their accomplishments there.

I would send cards for the entire company and some support on each holiday.

Also gifts to celebrate the holidays. Like stamped bags and cello toppers.

I also sent blank cards for them to send to their families.

On this side I sent cards to the families to remember anniversaries and birthdays. I also gave packs of blank cards for them to send to their loved ones.

I think I tend to remember the soldier and forget the family left behind.
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