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.
I am a volunteer for SAS4Kids (Send A Smile 4 Kids) accepting your hand made cards for kids at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (Philadelphia, PA), Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH) and Children’s Hospital at St. Peter’s University Hospital (New Brunswick, NJ). 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.
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).
Some hospitals have a Ronald McDonald House for families to stay while their child is receiving treatment and the cards provide them the opportunity to send messages back home or to lift the spirits of one another.
Many card makers love to donate their cards and we need to find more hospitals who could use these cards. Three hospitals I ship to right now are St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Ohio and most recently St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.
I am not the only shipper. When you visit the SAS4Kids you will see we have several shippers across the country.
Your kindness and cards are greatly appreciated and serve a wonderful purpose.