It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Cards for a Cause (formerly Cards for Troops). Things have been crazy here! I’m happy to report that all 2380 handmade cards have been delivered! (FINALLY!)
2380 handmade cards!
That’s quite a feat! more than 35 cardmakers pour their love into each and every unique card.
Where did they go?
You may recall in my last post that at the very last minute, Cards for Troops became Cards for a Cause because the Australian Defence Force was sending troops home. (read about it here.)
Because there were so many donated cards, I am “sharing the love” between these organizations:
- Letters of Hope
- 3 Elements
- Cancer Council Queensland – Redlands Chapter
- Carrington (formerly RSL Care)
- Arcare Parkinson
- PA Hospital Geriatric Mental Health Unit (Grevillea Ward)
My friend Susan Luke also collected thousands of cards too – you can read about where Susan’s cards ended up here. As you can see, so many differrent organizations benefited from this year’s Cards for Troops drive. Thank you for giving back.
Letters of Hope
Started by Abbie Williams on the Gold Coast, Letters of Hope is a fabulous mental health initiative designed to keep people connected. The idea is that if you are having a hard time, struggling with your mental health, or simply need a pick-me-up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address and Abbie will mail you a handwritten letter to brighten your day. Abbie has sent letters all over the world. Mental health is her passion and something that she has personally struggled with. She wants to tackle the “mental health” stigma one letter at a time. Click here to read the news story about Letters of Hope.
3 Elements Coffee
3Elements Coffee is a coffee company with a difference that specializes in giving back! They work with veterans and partners to identify employment opportunities, deliver targeted training, and create sustainable careers for military veterans. The transition from serving in the military to civilian life has many challenges including significant mental health challenges.
Recently, 3 Elements Coffee teamed up with award-winning author, Lee Childs to create a range of Jack Reacher Down Under Coffees. You might be familiar with Lee Childs’s #1 bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers. 50% of sales profits from all 3Elements Jack Reacher Down Under blends are donated to (EDit) Ex-Defence integration team’s transitioning and veterans initiative programs. 3 Elements also partner with Ex-military direct, Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM), Invictus Games, and other veterans charities.
Did I mention their coffee is absolutely delicious too?
Cancer Council Queensland, Redlands Volunteer Branch
For a second year, Cancer Council Queensland, Redlands Volunteers have welcomed our donation of handmade cards to assist their fundraising efforts for Cancer Council Queensland research and support services.
The Carrington residential age care facility at Parkinson has a number of letter writing initiatives designed to keep residents “connected”. This facility was first established by RSL Care for military veterans and their families.
In September 2020, the residents of Arcare Parkinson (residential aged care facilities) received 110 personalized letters of encouragement from students in Melbourne. This was the beginning of a lovely pen pal program – your handmade cards will assist their letter-writing efforts. Read more about the pen pal letters here
A specialized inpatient unit for older adults, Grevillea Place (Princess Alexandra Hospital) provides specialist assessment and treatment for consumers over 65 years of age who experience severe and complex mental health problems, especially those with complications of aging. Many in this ward are there during special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, and other significant events. These handmade cards will enable them to stay connected with their loved ones and also receive a card if they are in hospital on special occasions.
A huge shout out of thanks to everyone who donated cards. Your kindness has been overwhelming.
Until next time… happy creating.