Recycle Your Christmas Cards

I have a soft spot in my heart for any organization that helps kids, so St. Jude’s is right up there.  I just got an e-mail reminding me about their “Recycled Christmas Card Program”, and I plan to do it this year.

The program, in a nutshell, takes old Christmas Cards that have been sent in, gives them to the kids and volunteers at the St. Jude’s Ranch, and new cards are made out of them.  They are then sold in the St. Jude’s Gift Shop and online to raise money for the hospital, the ranch, all of the St. Jude programs.

So instead of just pitching those cards, stick them in the mail for a worthy cause!

The info, directly from the site:

We are accepting used, all-occasion cards from:
November 15, 2009 – February 28, 2010

You can mail your donations to:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude’s Street – Boulder City, NV 89005
877-977-SJRC (7572)

For even more information, the website:

I received so many cards for my birthday this year that I may send some of them, too… others shouldn’t be viewed by children…

If you’re like me, this is a great alternative to pitching the cards.  I always feel so bad throwing them away – these are sentiments from friends and family – but I just can’t keep them!  I don’t have the space, and if I start saving them, I reawaken my pack-rat tendencies, which must be restrained at all times.

So I’m sending mine.  How about you?

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8 Responses to Recycle Your Christmas Cards

  1. SKL says:

    I don’t get that many cards. Some of them I use to make stuff or let the kids make stuff. So a mailing of the rest wouldn’t make a lot of sense for me. They would get more bang for the buck if I just sent them an online donation – no paper or stamps involved. But, I do love a creative charity idea. Probably more than the material benefit, it raises awareness that brings in more cash.

    I do hear a lot of good about St. Jude’s, and it sounds like a great cause to support. I am not a financial supporter at present, as I focus my giving on a small number of charities in which I’m directly involved.

  2. Nikki says:

    I don’t get many probably because I don’t send them, and that’s fine. Actually I’d say I only got about 20 and about 15 of them were picture cards and I tuck those away in a box.
    This is a great idea though and I hope people do this!!! 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    That sounds like a great idea and I’m going to look into it! If someone can use them all the better. I did get a lot of cards this year and like Nikki I like to keep the photo ones, but even those eventually go in the trash. It’s great they came up with a way to reuse them.

  4. Lucy says:

    thats a really great idea!! I dont get a whole lot of cards but will think of doing it anyway.

  5. Joy says:

    This is a WONDERFUL idea for me. I have tons that my pack rat brain hasn’t been able to part with either so this will make me feel better about getting rid of them. I didn’t get very many picture cards this year and those, I still do throw most of them away at some point in time but I have a ton of the just regular card types just laying here. Just what are you supposed to do with all these cards??? When my boys were small, I’d let them cut them out in shapes and we’d use craft type paper and glue them together, put a waterproofing substance on them and make place-mats and such with them but that would be of no use to me now. I also LOVE St. Judes so this all fits nicely together.

    Thanks Laura. What a great idea. Just in time too.

  6. What a wonderful program! I love this. If I had Christmas cards I would definitely send them in!

  7. Gary says:

    What an awesome cause. Thanks for posting Joy! 😀

  8. Just a Mom says:

    This is a great idea!

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