Monday, January 16, 2017


Hello Friends, I am participating in an upcoming blog hop, for a card drive for children with serious heart problems.  If everyone who sees this post, makes one card and sends it to the Blog coordinator, Christina Hor, address below, this drive will be such a wonderful success.  Please read through the details supplied by Christina, and watch for the Blog Hop Post here on February 1st.

The purpose of this card drive, which runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17, is to help collect handmade heart theme cards (non-Valentine’s Day) such as Thinking of You, Hello or Just Because cards for many of the Heart Center patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during February’s American Heart Month. Each card you make will bring heartwarming encouragement to all who are affected by heart disease – patients, families, and hospital staff.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect and results in sometimes very complex disease that require multiple surgery and prolonged hospitalization. The advance in medical care and surgical techniques have improved survival for many of these patients who are born with various forms of congenital heart disease. However, for some congenital heart disease there is no cure and only palliative procedures are able to be perform which though imperfect gives the patients a chance at life. The success of treatment for patients with congenital heart disease has allowed many to become adults. Despite the success, many patients still require many medications, procedures and revisions improve the prior repair. For some patients, the only option is to undergo a heart transplant. Although Heart Month which is occurs in February focuses on important adult onset disease such as heart attacks and stroke, it is a particularly important month for patients with congenital heart disease as they are also at risk of developing these same disease like any one of us. However, given their congenital heart disease the risk of having an additional acquired heart disease makes it even more important for these patients. We hope that the Hug a Heart Card Drive can give these patients some heart-warming messages.” – Dr. Kan N. Hor (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital).
Our Hug a Heart Card Drive continues through February 14, 2017.  Anyone is welcome to help make the cards, including young children and grandchildren.
  • Hug a Heart card drive is opens to both U.S. and International participants. 
  • This card drive runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17. 
  • Card Types: handmade cheerful “heart” theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because cards for children between ages of 1 to 19. As long as  there are hearts on the cards, it counts.
  • Greetings (Sentiments) on your cardfront is optional. But if you do include one, here are some suggestions: sending hugs, sending smiles, thinking of you, wishing you a beautiful day, or hello. NO Valentine’s Day greetings please.
  • Inside of cards: Please do not stamp or write inside the card. Keep it completely blank so hospital staff may write a personal message to each individual patient. If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a white or light colored piece of card stock to the inside of card to make it easier for patients to read the hand-written message.
  • Card size: please try to keep it to an A2 size card (finished 4.25”x5.5”).
  • Back of cards: This is completely optional. You may include a label “handmade by + your name + Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017” to the back of your card. It can be a hand-written, stamped or small computer printout label.
  • Please include an envelope for each card. Do not seal the envelope.
  • Please do not use loose glitter as it will get on hands and into eyes.
  • Please keep embellishments to a minimum and avoid using any that might be unsafe for young children.

  • Mail your box/package to: Christina Hor, P.O. Box 517, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    • Please package your cards in a box or padded envelope to ensure they arrive undamaged.
    • Please include the following information with the cards so that I may acknowledge your gift of cards and enter you for the prize giveaways (see PRIZES below).
  1. Your Full Name
  2. E-mail Address
  3. Mailing Address
  • Got specific questions or need more clarification about the card drive? Please don’t hesitate to contact Christina directly at
  • Optional – if you would like to help spread the word about Hug a Heart card drive, please use hashtag #hugaheartcarddrive when sharing your project on social media.


To thank you for your participation and generous gift of cards, Christina has several prize packages to give away. To be consider for the prize drawing, please be sure to include a form with your full name, email address and mailing address when mailing in your box/package of cards.

  • Prize Package #1 (all participants) – everyone that sendS in cards will receive a freebie of this Heart Panda digi set by Christina herself!
Prize Package #2 (U.S. participants only) – to two random winners, a box of brand new craft goodies, each value $25.

  • Prize Package #3 (International participants only) - to two random winners, a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp.
Platinum package (all participants): to 1 participant with 30+ donated cards, a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

Thanks for reading through this post, and hope you can help with a card/cards and
participate in the Blog Hop on February 1st. 

                      Sue Drees


Donna Hanley said...

Don't know how many I can get done, but will send some as soon as I can. Thanks for spreading the word. I will try to do the same.

Christina said...

Hi Sue. Oh these little mice are so cute! Thank you so much for your help in sharing about the card drive with others. This Heart month many children will be smiling and their spirit lifted because of all that you do. Thank you so kindly from the bottom of my heart Sue. Wishing you a beautiful rest of your week. Hugs, Christina