The idea behind Readers Reach Out is simple: You are invited to submit your handcrafted cards to various charitable organizations across the country. It is a wonderful opportunity to reach out and send greetings to people who need some cheer and good wishes.
Your Next Theme Is … Stamp to Cope
Stamp to Cope Inc. -- "Stamping breast cancer education, awareness and survivorship coping challenges into the hearts of survivors, support partners and youth, one creative project at a time."
Jeannette Jones, a university professor and survivor of inflammatory breast cancer, started Stamp to Cope as a way to share the art of stamping as a coping option for others affected by cancer. Jeannette said, "We provide starter stamping sets and art supplies to cancer survivors in the Appalachian area. We also conduct technique and card-making workshops for the community including cancer survivors, survivor partners, youth, church groups, etc., as a means of spreading awareness.
Cards donated to Stamp to Cope are given to the patient and family, who are so focused on the journey that they do not have time even to purchase thank you cards to express their gratitude. Seasonal, blank-on-the-inside (or generic-on-the-inside) card sets are given to cancer centers, treatment facilities and doctors' offices to be used to cheer up patients, send appointment reminders, or to give away in orientation packages before treatments begin. Some cards are also sent to donors and as awareness reminders to public officials and stakeholders. For more information about this organization, go to www.stamptocope.org.
Send your cards to:
Stamp To Cope Inc.
377 Kings Trace Drive
Berea, KY 40403
Aleeza Granote, founder of Card Care Connection, sent the following note. "Thank you so much for featuring Card Care Connection in the Readers Reach Out section of your spring issue. Our organization relies on the generosity and support of groups like you who stand behind our mission and rally your supporters. Already we have received a number of beautiful finely crafted cards from your readers and have been able to deliver inspiring messages to more people facing cancer.
"We are honored that you and your readers have responded to our mission with such compassion, and we are grateful for your ongoing partnership. On behalf of the recipients we serve, thank you for providing such wonderful cards. Your support makes our mission possible."
How Readers Reach Out Works
In each issue of CardMaker, we will feature a new recipient organization and appropriate card theme. Using the theme as a guideline, create as many cards as you'd like and mail them to the address provided. Please indicate somewhere on your shipment that you are participating in CardMaker magazine's Readers Reach Out efforts. This helps both the organization and us keep track of all card donations.
Suggest an Organization
We would like this program to benefit people all across the country. If you know of an organization that would welcome handcrafted cards for those it serves, please send a note to us at Editor@CardMakerMagazine.com. Groups such as children's hospitals, nursing homes, military groups and cancer treatment centers often welcome card donations.
Thank you for sharing your time and your handmade cards with others in need.