Where to Donate Used Greeting Cards

by - Thursday, January 26, 2017

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I love getting mail. I am always beating myself up for not sending more cards, because they are such a treat to receive. But what do you with them afterwards? Inspired by some Pinterest genius, We started punching holes in our cards to string together. It is so many cards. And 5 Christmases into marriage? So many more cards.

I love cards, and I want to keep the ones people have written me notes in, but it is hard to convince my husband we need so many. He is right, but what do you do with them?

So if you are like me, and it is time to say goodbye to your card hoard, I have the best news ever for you.

You get to help kids with cancer.

To be more specific, your greeting cards can be donated to a fundraiser for St. Jude's Ranch, where cancer patients and their families stay during treatment. Each card seems like a thing that has essentially no value. But St Jude's Ranch for Children has been taking card donations for 30 years. They take those card fronts and turn them into new cards which people can purchase in packs of ten.

Come on, you know this is way cooler than one of those pinterested books of cards.

There are a couple of rules, so be sure to check the website, but even if you can only give 50% of your cards, how many things could you give away?

Again, that old stuff you are doing nothing with? Can be helping kids with cancer, for goodness sakes. If you don't want to do the whole 2,017 things this year, you can at least do this one, because it is just that cool.

You can mail your cards here:

St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

If you have unused cards, you can also send them to Military Missions, which sends care packages to active military. You just fill them out thanking them for their service and send them to this group who will put 5 to 10 cards into each box.

If you have a bunch of cards from the brands they can't take, be sure to check with local daycare centers or places where they do art reuse, because your old cards might make great craft supplies for someone.

This has to be one of my favorite things in the world- so random, but you can do so much good with something you wouldn't even think of otherwise. It just goes to show, yet again, that we can do so much good by giving up all these things that clutter up our houses and our lives. I already went through and cut the tops from the part with the note, and I will send them on their way later this week. We may not be able to fix the world, but we can do this.

The Great Donate 2017 is on! Can you donate, gift, or recycle 2,017 items out of your house this year? The average American household has 300,000 items in it- who needs that much? No one, but there are lots of people who could use what you have sitting collecting dust.

Check out the Great Donate main page for more suggestions on what to donate and where. You will save money (by knowing what you actually have), free up space, and save so much from going into a landfill.

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  1. St Jude's is not currently collecting cards.



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