Friday, October 6, 2017

Announcing Two New Hospitals Full of Kids to Help Cheer!

Two of our current volunteers have recently added two more children's hospitals to bring the cards you send them to, and help cheer the kids who are inpatient in them!

Anne Slattery had added St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. as it noted below her picture on the right.

And Jill Blasche has added Texas Children's Hospital-Katy, in Houston, TX as another hospital we are serving.

All the hospitals we currently serve are under the pictures of the wonderful volunteers on the right. They also post current needs there so be sure to read those before sending in your cards.

As we continue to grow, we really appreciate the handmade cards you send to each of our volunteers! Right now we are still accepting Halloween cards and fall cards for a short while. Our next big push will be for Christmas and winter holiday cards. We would love for each child inpatient in the children's hospitals we serve over the holidays to not only receive a card, but also be able to pick out a few to give to special people they are missing or to the medical staff who care for them. The gift of giving is a wonderful thing to share. Thank you!

Stamping smiles 4 kids, Karen

P.S. Many of our volunteers would also like Thanksgiving cards or fall cards that can be used that way. Perhaps send them with your Halloween cards in October or early in November. Thanks!



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Send a Smile 4 Kids Continues to Grow!!

I am thrilled to announce that Send a Smile 4 Kids has just added two more volunteers who will be accepting your handmade cards for kids who are inpatient at three Texas children's hospitals!

Texas is a big state and both of our new Texas volunteers recently stepped up to help these kids even though where they both live is still dealing with the aftermath of the recent hurricane. 

Please help me welcome Jill Blasche and Cyndi Amaya! Their beautiful faces are over on the right and their addresses have been added to the Contact Us page.

Jill Blasche will be accepting cards for the kids at Texas Children's Hospital-The Woodlands Campus in Woodlands Texas. The address to send her cards for the kids is:

Send a Smile 4 Kids c/o Jill Blasche
7118 Palisades Hts. Dr.
Houston TX 77095

Jill also has a friend who will be helping her in accepting and organizing the cards and her name is Jan Kloss. We thank both Jill and Jan for stepping up to help cheer more kids!

Cyndi Amaya will be accepting cards for the kids in the Children's Hospital of San Antonio and the Christus Santa Rose-New Braunfels Hospital. SAS4Kids thanks Cyndi for volunteering too!

Her address is:
Send a Smile 4 Kids c/o Cyndi Amaya
12122 Upton Park
San Antonio, TX 78253

Cyndi did mention that her hospital was looking for some "Congrats- You are going home" cards. Otherwise, right now both our new volunteers will need all kinds of cards including cheery everyday cards, thank you cards, birthday cards and of course the upcoming holiday cards especially Christmas and Happy Holidays cards. 

All of our volunteers need Fall and Halloween cards (Non-Scary!) if you can get them to them by early or mid October. And then we would like all the kids in the children's hospitals we serve to receive a Christmas or Happy Holidays card and to be able to choose some for the medical staff or to send to relatives they are missing if they are in the hospitals on Christmas or Hanukkah or the holiday season.

We thank you all for the cards sent and hope all the volunteers receive enough cards to help put smiles on many children's faces now and into the new year.

Sending smiles 4 Kids, Karen 


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yes We are Very Much Active:)

I am sorry if there is ever any question as to whether or not we are still accepting cards for our kids in the children's hospitals we serve if there is not a new post here. 

Check out all the activity here on this page:  http://sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com/p/gratitude-and-activity.html Our volunteers are very busy and grateful for every card sent in. We are posting new challenges twice a month on the challenge side and our volunteers also post updates on the side of the home blog page with current needs, so I assume it is obvious that we are active. 

We are always in need of boy's cards and teenage cards, as well as everyday cheerful cards and thank yous. Next holidays to think about are Halloween (not scary) and Christmas or Happy Holidays. 

Thanks so much for all you do for our kids!

Karen SAS4Kids

Monday, November 7, 2016

Current Needs and Updated Guidelines

Before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here! All of the volunteers listed on the Contact Us page are currently in need of winter and holiday cards for the kids in the hospitals they serve. We would like all the kids to receive a holiday card and to also be able to choose some to send to family or friends they are missing. The suggested deadline is early December so the volunteers have time to check, label, box and mail the cards to the hospitals in time.

As for other types of cards, please keep in mind the numbers of kids needing birthday or any day cards just isn't the hundreds you may have sent in for OWH. I have added this paragraph to the Guidelines:

**Please know that we appreciate all the cards sent in, but do not have the need for hundreds of cards from any individual card maker. Holiday cards are always in demand, but as for the other categories, please make your cards unique and think "Quality over Quantity." Our volunteers have asked that you check your cards to be sure they are sturdy and clean  of all adhesive marks and that all card elements (such as sequins or ribbons) are securely attached. Please line the insides of all darker colored cards. We are working to fulfill as many hospital requests as possible while ensuring the cards are in great shape when given to one of our special kids.**

After Christmas we will need Valentines and Spring cards such as Easter, Mother's and Father's Day. Please keep older boys and girls in mind, too, as you design your cards. 

Thank you so much for all you do to put smiles on our kids' faces!

Karen SAS4Kids