I love reading news articles or Facebook posts about those who would like cards mailed to them and yesterday this article posted on CNN captured my eye.
I will be sending this scrapbook making hero a Valentine card, will you please join me?
(CNN) A 104-year-old US Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II is asking people to send him cards for Valentine's Day.
Maj. Bill White, a California native, has had a lifetime full of unforgettable experiences. He has collected objects and filled scrapbooks to remind him of special memories which he keeps on a bookshelf organized by year. But now, the young-spirited veteran wants to expand his collection of memories, and he's asking the public to help by sending him a card this Valentine's Day.
"I'll save every one of them like I've been saving little things that have come up until right now and they'll be a personal part of my history," White told CNN affiliate KTXL.And that history of his is more than eventful.
White earned a Purple Heart for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The bloody battle between the US Marines and Imperial Army of Japan lasted five weeks, killing nearly 7,000 US Marines and more than 20,000 Japanese fighters.
"When I was wounded, I didn't have any choice in the matter. A grenade blow up about 6 inches from me," White told KTXL. "The fact that I even survived is something. There weren't too many of us."
The veteran, who spent 30 years on active duty, was taken off the battlefield as a result of his injuries.
White told KTXL his love for scrapbooking keeps him busy, allowing him to "keep track" of his life's special events. But the real key to his long and positive life, he said, was simple: "Just keep breathing."
If you'd like to send White a Valentine's Day card, you can mail it to:
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207
*For more information on those seeking card donations, please read this post here or you can donate cards to the Live Like Roo foundation here.
Hello readers! Today I am hoping to help spread the word about a card drive headed up by fellow cardmaker and animal lover Ricky Burton-Romero. I am sharing a summary of the drive here, but for all the details and the backstory please head to Ricky’s blog HERE.
Ricky is collecting cards for an organization called Live Like Roo. Live Like Roo's founder, Sarah, started this non-profit to send care packages all across the United States to dogs and their human families that have been diagnosed with cancer. Not all cases lead to death. Sarah and her organization also assist in medical bills, as well. With the help of card makers all around the world, we want to do a card drive for Sarah. She sends a card with every box, and our idea is to get as many handmade cards to her so that she does not have to spend quality money on cards.
Here is what the card drive is looking for:
After the card drive is over, anyone that donated cards to the cause will be entered to win PRIZES! The prize list is currently growing with sponsors like Jennifer McGuire, Studio Katia and many more!
I know that many cardmakers are also animals lovers, so even if it's only one card that you are able to send, both Sarah and Ricky will be grateful as it's one less card the organization needs to spend money purchasing.
If you are interested in donating cards to other worthwhile causes, you can read my post here for more information.
Thank you for sharing in handmade kindess!
Cardmakers tend to make a lot of cards. Most of us have piles and piles, or shoeboxes upon shoeboxes, of our creations, but actually giving them away or sending them seems to be a common dilemma. I frequently hear, "But, I really like this card" or "I don't want to give it away!" I totally get it. I have my fair share of "favorites" or cards that took me hours to create that I would not give to just anyone. So, they sit on a shelf in my craft room only to be admired by me.
Well, what if the very same joy that card brought to you, could be shared with so many others instead of sitting on that shelf, or tucked away in a box somewhere? There are many worthwhile organizations that always need cards, and accept donations of handmade cards to use. Stop hoarding all those cards and pay it forward! Donating to any of these organizations is a great way to enjoy your hobby while also helping others.
Here are some great resources to help get you started:
Types of Cards: encouragement, cheer, thank you, others.
Contact: Your local hospital auxiliary
In their support role for the hospital, local hospital auxiliaries can use cards for patient and staff support. Some hospital auxiliaries also run gift shops that sell handmade items where card donations may be welcomed. (Note that many hospitals will not accept cards with “get well” themes or religious messages, but contact your area hospital directly to see what they accept.)
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