Now it’s time to wind down from the holidays. Wow, this year was a whirlwind! We are in the middle of trying to take down decorations and clean up our cluttered house. Although, the clean up process is going to be a bit different this year. I am not going to stash away my holiday cards like I have done in the past. Sometimes I can’t just throw them away or recycle them and then I read about how St. Jude’s Ranch for Children will take the front of used holiday greeting cards and make new ones.
Finally a solution I feel good about. St. Judes takes the front of the old cards and pastes it to new backings made from recycled paper. The result is a new “green” card. They are then sold as a fundraiser with the children earning money for each card that they make. I thought this was the perfect answer for my “save or recycle” dilemma. Knowing me I will probably still save the inside of the card but you can bet that the fronts of my cards will be going to St. Jude’s.
You can send the whole card or just remove the front. I am assuming that this applies to traditional greeting cards only. Unless, you have a folding photo card where the photo is on the inside and the front of the card has a generic greeting. You may only get a few traditional cards during the holiday season but just think if we ALL sent them in…… That is A LOT of cards and a huge movement towards helping these children. It would only take a second to toss them in the mail and why not get your kids involved. Heck, my kids are always trying to get their hands on some scissors. (Not really age appropriate but great for older kiddos). While you are at it what a wonderful opportunity to talk to your children about what you are doing and why you are sending these to St. Jude’s. My kids love to put mail in the mailbox so let them “mail” the package. They are such good little helpers these days. 🙂
Here is the address to mail the cards:
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Card Recycling Program
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
Please visit the link below for more information. You can also buy cards for almost all occasions.
If your cards are not appropriate for some reason then cut them and use the designs as gift tags for next year. Again, you could make it an art and crafts type of day with your children. This is a fun activity during the dreary winter weather.
Thanks for reading!