I am a volunteer for SAS4Kids (Send A Smile 4 Kids) accepting your hand made cards for 120 kids at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (Philadelphia). I also accept cards for 72 kids at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA. Please visit SAS4Kids website to find out the guidelines and for the mailing address. Go to “A Little About Me” page to see how I got started.
Send A Smile for Kids is a charitable organization created for the purpose of collecting donated handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals. The cards are all child appropriate including Birthday, Encouragement, All Occasion, Thinking of You, Love, Valentine’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving and our all time favorite Christmas/Holiday/Winter.
The cards are used in many different ways. Here are a few examples:
- Inpatient child has a birthday — staff, parents, doctors, nurses, children can all take a card, write a personal message and give the Birthday Child a card. Parent of a child has a birthday and the kids can go find the best birthday card ever to give to their parent. Maybe the kids have siblings at home that need a birthday card — there you go another reason that SAS4KIDS works.
- Thank you cards — parents or kids to thank staff members, kids who want to thank someone.
- Encouragement cards — No explanation needed here. Just to uplift and encourage a child (or a parent).
I have so many card makers that love to donate their cards and my goal is to find more hospitals who could use these cards. Two of the hospitals I ship to right now are St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and Penn State Children’s Hospital Hershey PA.
Your kindness and cards are greatly appreciated and serve a wonderful purpose.
January Update – The cards came pouring in with a grand total of 675 cards received from 16 card makers: Madison Scott, Lenora Scott, Patricia Preston, Leonore Salazar, Eileen Koffroth, Elizabeth Kirby Hart, Nancy Rigoglioso, Ruby Hauagen, Penny Wierzbicki, Jean Bartlett, Sybilla Greiner Debi Brille, Shannon DeWitt, Darlene DePeau, Elaine Bailey and Stacy Lazzaro.
February Update – Thank you to all the faithful, wonderful, talented and generous card makers who made it possible to send two boxes of cards. Most of the cards sent were Valentine’s!! (THANK YOU … THANK YOU … THANK YOU!!!). St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Philadelphia received 342 cards and Penn State Children’s Hosptial Hershey received 341 cards.
I received 406 cards from 10 card nakers and most of the cards were Valentine’s. The card makers were: Tracey Pundzak, Beverly Yurkanin, Dr. Robin Hayword, Arlene Rose, Gabrielle Rao, Beverly Yurkanin, Shannon DeWitt, Eileen Koffroth, Lenora Scott and Pat Quinet.
March Update – Received 466 cards from 9 card makers (mostly Spring/Easter). The talented card makers were: Sybilla Greiner, Debi Brille, Joan Fullen, Arelen Rose, Cindee Naugle, Beverly Yurkanin, Jean Barlette, Elaine Bailey and Nancy Rigoglioso.
St. Christopher’s requested more cards to replenish their supply. A box of 307 cards was sent on March 1st which included Birthday, No Sentiment, Encouragement, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring and Thank You.
Card Makers – I will be needing Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards next. Not as many needed as we really only need one card per child which would be about 225 cards in total.
Current update — April 5th a box of 372 cards was sent to St. Christopher’s Philadelphia and a box of 370 cards was sent to Penn State Children’s Hospital Hershey. Most of the cards sent were Easter.