Cards 4 Cancer - Let's make a difference!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm a busy person... aren't we all?
There just aren't enough hours in the day to get it all done...and I for one am always wanting to do more.

Whether you are a wife, a mother, a husband, a father. An employee or a boss. A friend, a daughter, a sister, a brother....volunteer...
The truth of the matter is, there is just never enough time to get it all done. That's the reason I'm always looking for little things that I can do with minimal effort that can make a difference. A little difference, or a big difference, doesn't matter. Just a difference.

(Like the 7 on the 7th with the Liz Logelin Foundation) Seriously - it all adds up and really truly does make a difference!

I was soo thrilled when I came across something that fit the bill I'm always looking for...only, in this case. I have, with your help, the ability to make a HUGE difference. WE ALL DO! What is this remarkable opportunity you ask? Well, it's cards 4 cancer! As taken from their website
'On April 10th 2010 Spirit Jump along with Bloggers Unite and its sponsors are pleased to bring you our First Annual Cards 4 Cancer Day. Battling cancer can be one of the most difficult and loneliest experiences a person can go through. With cancer touching so many lives around the world it’s time to let them know they are not alone. Our mission is to provide hope and comfort to the many men, women and children who are involved in this battle. With your help Spirit Jump hopes to collectively deliver over 100,000 cards.'

You don't have to personally know someone is who is battling cancer. Haven't we all been touched in one way or another at some point in our lives by that nasty beast called Cancer? Whether you or someone you know has lost a loved one - cancer is far too widespread.
Over the years I've seen far too many people lose their fight. It's not fair.

I am soo excited about cards 4 cancer. You know how excited you get when someone leaves a nice comment on your blog? What? You don't have a blog? You have one but no one ever leaves you comments? (Shame on them!)

Well, what about that card you got in the mail telling you to have a nice day and it's NOT EVEN YOUR BIRTHDAY! Yeah...THAT feeling!
Together - We can make a difference!
We get to put together cards for people right here in the Twin Cities Metro area currently battling the Big C.
The hospital I choose was the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

If you'd like to 'officially' join my team
click HERE and my team name is 'Together - We can make a difference'
(at least I think it is-I'm still getting everything together!)

If you don't want to officially join my team but feel like you could produce a couple of dozen cards to brighten someone's day - please feel free to drop me an email at darciegust (at ) yahoo (dot) com or leave me a comment. Maybe you've got kids (or run a daycare or teach in a classroom) and the kids love to make little art projects? I know my two do!
How about a get well soon picture drawn by your favorite young un?

Cards do not need to be fancy or store bought (though they can be if you want them to be!) but should convey a simple, positive message to someone who is battling cancer.
Some tips from the website as to what you might include in your cards:
*** Some people have been asking for advice on what to write in their cards. While the messages are important please remember that its your time, thought and compassion that really makes the difference. With that said here are some tips on writing messages in your cards:
1- Try to stay away from “Get Well”. Unfortunately some of the recipients of your cards will not get well and this message, while a positive one, can be hard for some. Because we do not know specifically who will receive your cards its a good idea to stay away from any type of “Get Well” messages.
2- “Thinking of You” “Wishing You Well” “You Are In Our Thoughts” “Encouraging You Through Your Battle’ etc…are all great messages to include in your cards.
3- Uplifting quotes are always great
4- Drawings without any message at all work too.
5-Try to stay gender and age neutral as you do not know who will be receiving your cards. However, if you know you are delivering to a childrens center, woman’s center etc….you can be more specific.

The cards may be signed however the person making the card feels most comfortable. The cards may be in an envelope or not but if you do place them in an envelope we suggest leaving the envelope unsealed in case the staff needs to look at the cards before they deliver them. Also all cards should have somewhere on the card so that those who receive the cards will know where to go should they wish to receive more support.
So...What do you say?
Who's in?

Together - we can make a difference!

If you are interested in learning more - ask me...or click here to visit the cards 4 cancer blog!


Jessica said...

I would definitely be interested in doing this! I lost my Dad to cancer in November 2008. I miss him everyday. Yesterday was my grandma's birthday, and I lost her almost 10 years ago to breast cancer. Let me know what I can do!

Scrappycook said...

Hi there -
I would be interested in helping to make cards with a group or on my own. I also run a daycare and will have the children spend an afternoon making some cards as well. I found your blog from a friend of mine (Tiffany) who met you somewhere and gave me your blog address as a Minnesota blogger.
Let me know where to go from here with the cards. Thanks! Stacey

Suzi said...

I'm in! Great idea. :)

Unknown said...

Count me in! Just let me know the details...

Elizabeth said...

Love this idea. I have so many cards that I have made and haven't done anything with them (Shame on me!)
Count me in!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to help out. I'll go to the site and register for your team. Lost my mom to cancer in 2002 and my husband was diagnosed with it in 2006 (he's in remission now). Both loved hearing from people, so I know this will lift the spirits of others. Thanks for organizing this!

Samantha said...

I just joined! Such a great idea! :-)

Meaghan said...

This is a great post thank you so much for helping us! Im the founder and am thrilled that you are helping us with Cards For Cancer Day! Im putting this post on our website

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