Christmas Card Donation
Do You Save All Your Christmas Cards?
If the answer is yes…. may I ask why?
Because you thought you were supposed to?
Because you want to remember who sent you a card?
Because you enjoy going back and looking at them?
There are many reasons people save cards. But think to where you are storing them.
Do you have plenty of room for them?
How often do you actually go through and enjoy them?
Are they neatly organized by year so that you can find cards you are looking for?
My guess is that most of those answers are “No”. More than likely they are scattered in a few different places, or thrown in a big box. They might even be musty smelling by now. You haven’t gone through them in years…. I’m I close?
I would like you to consider some options.
1) Donate your cards – There are several places that take card donations.
St Jude Hospital accepts card fronts.
Cancer Research Foundation also accepts card fronts.
Your local nursing home might have craft programs
Your child’s art teacher or pre-school, church youth program, local recreation center or adult day care center. These are all places that use them for crafts. They can recycle the fronts of the cards. They might use them to make gift tags or other cards.
2) Recycle them instead of throwing them away
Be sure to put them in your recycle bin if you are going to throw them away. If you are in the mood that you just have to get them out of the house now, and you don’t have the time to take them to a nursing home etc, and don’t want to or have the funds to ship them to a donation center…. don’t beat yourself up. It’s ok. Just put them in the recycle bin. They will still go to good use.
Please don’t keep them yourself for crafts unless you KNOW you will use them within the next couple of months. We are all good at saying, “Some day I will get to this, so I want to be sure to save it now”. Donate them instead.
4) Put only the special ones in a Card Memory Album
If there are some really special ones – maybe from your mother who has passed on, and she has written a personal note – then save it. But pick and choose the really meaningful ones. There are actually greeting card albums – called “Card Memories“. I did a review on one awhile back. Heather who created this album designed it so that the card slips in and is in an “open” position. So that you can read the insides. I would suggest for those cards that you feel you have to keep – purchase something like this and place those special cards someplace that they seem special. Then you can enjoy them.
5) Take pictures of them
If you want to remember them and have some guilt pangs about donating them, then take some pictures of them. Put them in groups and you will have digital memories – more than likely you will see the digital pictures much more often than you looked in that box anyway.
6) If you keep the cards to remember who sent you cards the previous year
That is an easy one. Just either make your own list of who you sent them to and who sent them to you on your computer. Or they have little card address books that have places to mark that down in.
7) They have pictures on them or in them. I can’t throw it out.
Again, think about those pictures. If they are pictures of people that you really think you need, then keep only the pictures. But if you are keeping those pictures – plan to get them into an album. If you have good intentions, but you still have Christmas pictures of families from 1982 that you “plan” to get into albums… well, you get the idea.
Here is an idea – for those families that you get pictures from each year and you want to watch them “grow” up in the pictures? Then put 2 or 3 of them together…in order of the years – snap a picture to keep digitally of them… and then discard the actual picture. You have it saved…it’s ok to throw out (recycle) a picture.
Getting rid of your clutter in those boxes of old cards is one way that you can help others. Donate….