I was recently reading about how spending more time scrolling through Facebook and less time face-to-face with our friends is causing more depression and loneliness. How sad is that?!?
Handmade cards are a great way to lift spirits and show you care. Making cards isn’t just a fun way to spend our time, we can really make a difference by sending cards. It’s so rare now to get an actual card in the mail that it really makes us feel special!
Even better than just sending handmade cards… Why not get some of your friends together to make some? Not only can you spread cheer through sending the cards that you make, but you can also have some in-person friend time to connect.
That’s exactly what they are doing at Grace Card Ministry in Overbrook, Kansas. They get together to make lots of cards to send out to a variety of people. And I think you can see that they have fun getting together to make the cards!
What a blessing they are to people that need a little pick me up. They send out birthday cards to several Adult Care facilities and an Alzheimer’s Unit, as well as extra cards to residents who do not receive regular mail. Thinking of You and Praying for You cards go to a Penitentiary Re-Entry Program while Holiday cards are given to all inmates at the Penitentiary and County Jail. Various Military Personnel are sent Holiday & Thinking of You cards, cards are put into “Backpack Buddy” food program bags and they provide Thank You, Holiday & Birthday cards to a Battered Women’s Shelter and a Rescue Mission. Some cards are written directly to the recipients and some are given to them to send to a loved one.
If you make more cards than you send, Grace Card Ministry would love to receive more handmade cards to send out! They are in need of Praying for You, Thinking of You, Thank You, Birthday and Get Well Soon cards. Holiday Cards sent out include Valentines Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Here’s just a couple guidelines if you’d like to donate cards:
- Cards should be blank inside.
- Please do not put your name or contact information directly on the cards, but do include your contact info so that Grace Card Ministry can acknowledge your thoughtful donation.
Cards can be sent to:
Grace Card Ministry
Director, Teresa M. Clary
PO Box 424
310 E. 8th Street
Overbrook, Kansas 66524
Oh and if you have extra card making supplies you aren’t using they will take those too! Teresa said they can always use embellishments, ribbon, and paper. They work all year making cards for a wide variety of recipients.
“The hope is that the recipients feel our love and prayers through these messages sent with so much love tucked inside these cards.” Now that’s what I call making a difference with handmade cards.