Thursday, December 24, 2015

Still Counts

We often hear, “I’m sorry things were soooo crazy. I was ONLY be able to make one card! So sorry!” Then they often make comments about how it’s a shame they were only able to reach one child. We’ve definitely heard that a couple of times.

But, let’s think about it. Yes, as we ALWAYS tell you, we make sure each hospital officially “pinky promises” they’ll deliver ALL of the cards room to room. Here’s a screenshot of an email just in case you needed documented proof! :)

Therefore, we know your card will definitely reach a child, as long as it doesn’t say ‘Get Well Soon’ or anything else referring to the patients’ condition. Also, we understand that there are some kids who are confined to their rooms who need to be uplifted as well. At times, those patients are in their rooms  all by themselves; other times, they have several family members there.

Often when there’s a stressed family, everyone gets sooo excited when they see that someone they don’t even know took the time to make their son/daughter, neice/nephew, cousin, and/or friend feel special. Often times the cards get passed around the room. Two of the most touching moments were when a mother and her son were sitting in his room and when we gave him the card, his mother let out a sigh of relief and said, “This is exactly what we needed.” Then, there was another couple who were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit who received a card for their newborn baby. They picked up the baby and had a family member take a picture. Based on those stories, it’s clear. Your one card isn’t simply impacting the patients, but it’s also encouraging the patients’ families as well.

If that’s not enough, you should see how excited some of the staff members get. Since they can see the amount of effort you put into your cards, they’re happy to watch their patients receive them. Actually, as touched on in a prior post, staff at a hospital/school in Nigeria were discussing who should be able to hand out the cards since they were so precious.

With all that in place, you have to remember that although you’re thinking you may only be able to make ONE card, your card STILL COUNTS since it’s uplifting the spirits of WAY MORE than one patient.

#StillCounts #EveryCardCounts #UpliftingSpirits

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Time To Search

Although we don’t have this many logos or photo albums posted to our website and/or Facebook page, so far over 70 groups have held Cardz for Kidz! events. These groups include schools/universities, non-profit organizations, large business to business corporations, small businesses, and many more! Even with all that participation there’s one group who’s always EXTREMELY helpful, Google’s Chicago Office.

We’re thankful for all those groups who continually Stream It. Then, there are other companies who’ve had multiple people lead their events. Next, there are other groups who stepped up and hosted events to raise money for our website. Finally, there are some companies who get multiple offices across the globe to participate. Even with all those different ways of participating, Google’s Chicago office will always be one of the MOST helpful participants.

Yes. It’s true. If you look at our website, you’ll notice that Google isn’t a Diamond participant like Kforce. They’re not even a Platinum participant like four other groups! Then again if you look at ANY of our emails to new groups OR new hospitals you’d see we ALWAYS mention that GOOGLE has helped out and made cards.

As you see in the slide below, we make sure the Google logo stands out and it’s easy for people to notice.

With Google, it’s the best of both worlds. They have continually contributed and made over 100 cards; including the 31 cards they made and sent to us for children impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In addition, having them contribute inspires more companies and groups to join in!
Pictures of employees working hard on their cards and the final results!

Thankfully, Google's employees' interest in Cardz for Kidz!  has been growing. Therefore, we feel this partnership could grow even more.

Some of the “artists” were also willing to pose for a pic – encouraging others to join us

Just in case that’s not enough, Sally, one of Google's key employees*, has worked with her kids to make cards in her free time. In addition, she’s always very responsive. This includes the time when we needed cards for Sandy Hook, as well as reaching out to us to let us know what we need to do for their employees to make donations to Cardz for Kidz!  via their system.

In summary, we’re thankful this WORLD RENOWN company (who could strictly partner with WORLD RENOWN non-profits) has taken the TIME TO SEARCH for this small non-profit and proudly support us in many ways!

#TimeToSearch #UpliftingSpirits

*Her official title- the Head of PeopleDev, Americas Large Customer Sales and Global Clients & Agency Solutions, -- now that's impressive!!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

What Are You Doing?

During a recent trip to Chicago, we were chatting with a couple people on  Amtrak on what they’re doing to give back and/or how they’re volunteering. Here are some of the responses we got:

  • Gentleman in Gray Shirt with Black and Blue Shoes: “ummmm…this woman was stuck in the bathroom just a second ago and I helped her get out and unlock the door.”
  • Tall Blonde Guy in Blue sweatshirt: “picked up a barbell off a kid’s chest who was trying to bench press 225 lbs.”
  • Female PHD Candidate in Public Health: “I study the way people get sick based on the way society is set up and help out.”
  • Young Lady Sitting Behind us in a Blanket: “Open my home for other Filipinos to come practice dancing, at the end of the year we have a big performance.”
  • Lady from Flint in a Leather Jacket: “Work at a mental health clinic, I just make a little over minimal wage, so I feel like I give back on a daily basis. Trying to get this school situation stuff settled.”

We understand that not everyone is Mother Theresa and going to devote their lives to volunteering and giving back. With that in mind, one of the benefits of volunteering with Cardz for Kidz! is that it’s something that’s easy to start and has a flexible commitment. For example, after a long week of work, you can use some glitter glue and markers while watching your favorite show that weekend. OR, possibly talking to some of your immediate coworkers and making a couple cards doing lunch. Either way, every card helps and you know your cards are impacting children. 

Then, if you ever get into a discussion with someone and they ask, WHAT ARE YOU DOING to give back to society?, you’ll have A LOT to say.

#WhatAreYouDoing #EveryCardCounts #UpliftingSpirits

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