Like most of you friends, every year I find myself bundling up the seasonal holiday greeting cards into neat little stacks to save for next year. There are always a few special cards that I save to reuse for crafting purposes, turn into a postcard, or gift tag. However, the rest of these stacks of cards were thoughtfully sent as well and deserve to be given a second life. Noelle and I found a terrific way to recycle last years Christmas cards as well as donate to a worthy, wonderful cause.
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a non-profit, non-sectarian home for abused, abandoned, and neglected children of all races and faiths. To read more about their inspiring services and programs available, as well as the children’s success stories, visit www.stjudesranch.org.
A program for the children at St. Jude’s Ranch, called the Recycled Card Program, is managed by Kids, Corp., and teaches entrepreneurship skills. The children participate in making new cards from used greeting cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. 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”.
As well as supporting this cause by recycling, you may also purchase cards through them. We did note that there is especially a need for birthday and thank you card donations. Please keep the Kids Corp. program in mind all year round, but in the meantime, recycle your Christmas cheer!