Recycle Your Christmas Cards with St. Jude Card Program
Turn Old Greeting Cards Into New Ones
Wondering what to do with all those greeting cards from friends and family after the holidays are over? Many people use their old cards in arts and crafts projects, or try to recycle them by making bookmarks or gift tags. But what if you’re not the crafty type? You still don’t have to toss them in the trash. Instead, send them to St. Jude’s recycled card program and let them help abused and neglected children.
St. Jude Card Program Helps Abused Kids
St. Jude's Ranch for Children is a non-profit home for abused, abandoned and neglected children. With three campuses in Nevada and Texas, the organization has helped more than 1000 kids since it was started in 1967 by Father Jack Adam. (The organization is not associated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by Danny Thomas.)
The St. Jude card program helps keep Christmas cards – and other greeting cards, too - out of landfills, while teaching children job skills and raising money for a good cause. They do this by turning old cards into new. The program started more than 30 years ago when the ranch decided to show appreciation to donors by turning the previous year’s Christmas cards into new ones. The idea was so popular with the recipients that they asked the children to sell the recycled Christmas cards.
The program has since received over a million cards from all around the world. They accept greeting cards for all occasions, and then turn them into new cards by removing the card’s front and attaching a new back. The result, according to the St. Jude’s Ranch web site, “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’.”
The program accepts all types of cards, and is currently asking for more birthday and thank you cards. Unfortunately, the program cannot accept cards published by Hallmark, Disney or American Greetings. All others are accepted. To donate, simply send your cards to:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
To support the program by buying a package of “recycled” Christmas cards or other greeting cards, visit the St. Jude’s Ranch Online Store.
What do you think of the St. Jude card program?
No comments yet.
More Christmas Hubs by lisadh
- New Christmas DVDs 2011
- Christmas Letters from Santa: Full-Serve or Print Yo...
Today you have the choice of using a full-service business to send a Santa letter to your child or to create one with help of sites that make it easy to customize and print Christmas letters from Santa at...
- Who Started the Christmas Cards Tradition?
Check your mailbox during the holiday season and you're likely to find Christmas cards from friends, family or colleagues. Hundreds of millions of people participate in the annual rite, resulting in about 1.8...
- Easy Reindeer Crafts for Kids
Looking for an easy Christmas craft project for kids? These simple reindeer crafts are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. But kids love 'em! Just follow the simple directions below and you'll soon have your...
- Snowman Soup Recipe and Poem
Looking for an easy and inexpensive Christmas gift idea? Try Snowman Soup! You can find the Snowman Soup recipe and poem in various forms on the web, but, oddly enough, none of them mentioned how the ingredients related to
- Review: Ideas for Writing Creative Christmas Letters...
I bought Ideas for Writing Creative Christmas Letters That People Are Actually Eager to Read by Janet Colbrunn based on the title alone because I wanted some inspiration for my annual holiday updates....
More by this Author
With this free printable pumpkin poop poem, you can turn ordinary candy corn into a Halloween gag gift that kids will love.
If you enjoy putting your own face on dancing elves, you'll enjoy these sites that give you more options for fun holiday videos.
Many people would like to write a love letter to someone special, but don't know quite how to start. How should you begin a love letter? There's really no right way. There are many phrases you can use to get get...