Recycling Christmas Wishes

Card design by Mary Englebreit

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!

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2 thoughts on “Recycling Christmas Wishes

  1. Great ideas – here are mine!
    Ever wonder what to do with the “stuff” that is left-over when you finish an craft project. Stuff like yarn, felt, fabric scraps, snippets of scrap booking paper, or old buttons collecting dust in a tin, – those things just a bit too small to use. Well, here’s an idea! Why not donate them to a school. Teachers, like myself, are always looking for items to incorporate into their lessons. Varying the materials that are used to teach will provide a full sensory experience and make learning more hands-on and fun. I have often wondered what happens to all those beautiful ribbons and bows that are left after the baby show or wedding is over. What happens to all the beautiful tissue paper and wrapping paper our guest carefully selected for that special gift. Even the greeting cards that accompanied the gift can be recycled. These are all items that can be recycled, reused and even “up cycled” to create lasting art.I currently teach at a Fine Arts public elementary school where we believe that, if it is “safe” and not nailed down our students can turn it into art. Most of the students at my school live in low-income households and can not always afford to purchase school supplies. Hence, it is so important for our teachers, who often reach into their own pockets, to think creatively when taking on variousprojects.
    I try to recycle on a daily basis and teach my students about the importance and merits of recycling. Any items I have left-over from a completed projects are donated to my school. It’s my way of doing something for our environment – it reduces the cost for the teacher and the kids have fun.
    If you are interested in donating unused craft items, that can be used by primary teachers,
    please contact me at: Bagitup4me@gmail.comFinally, here is a quote I hope inspires you:
    “Landfills don’t need school supplies, books and computers – teachers do!.” You know you’re a teacher when you find yourself going through the neighbors garbage looking for items to recycle into art.

    • Thank you for inspiring us to think even “greener”, Neko. Create & Decorate readers craft with repurposed items all the time! We are grateful your artful inspiration is nurturing young minds.

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