I have been blessed to work with Cardz for Kidz through some 30 Nursing homes that my company serves. We made it a monthly project for our residents to make cards to send in. The residents love this and look forward to the group every month! When Covid-19 hit Ike, the President and Founder of Cardz for Kidz networked with me to help provided cards for our residents. I was privileged to be working one of the buildings hit pretty hard by Covid-19 when they received the shipment of cards for not just the residents but the staff too! The joy these cards gave to the residents and the staff was amazing. Everyone needed their spirits lifted and Cardz for Kidz helped make that happen. I highly recommend connecting with Cardz for kidz on any level you are able to. Thank you.
Cardzforkidz brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes when they sent my son cards to lift his spirits after a hospital stay. And again when they sent him extra special cards for his 3rd birthday.
It's such a special feeling when people you haven't even met are willing to take the time make uplifting cards to help you through a hard time.
Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and we are the state's only full service specialty hospital for women and children. We began partnering with Cardz for Kidz about two years ago and our pediatric patients have loved receiving the cards. The feedback through the Child Life Team has been so positive and it was wonderful to receive the gaming cart for our kids, especially to serve patients who are in isolation during their hospital stay. We are thankful to Ike and his team for the great partnership!
I am a certified child life specialist working in the pediatric and pediatric intensive care units in a hospital in Chicago. My job is to help bring joy, comfort, and new programs to kids during hospitalization to help them cope. Cardz for Kidz helps make my job easier by delivering joy to us year round. Their cards are appropriate for all ages, holidays, languages spoken, and cultures. Our kids love receiving a special card to brighten their day and bring them smiles- especially when the cards have funny jokes or their favorite Disney character on them! Cardz for Kidz also donated an electronic game system to help keep our kids distracted and busy during their stays. Distractions like these will help reduce pain and increase coping. On behalf of me, our staff, kids, and families, we are so grateful for Cardz for Kidz dedication to us!!
Cardz for kidz sent my son beautiful cards made by loving people all over the world. The happiness and teary smile it brought this mama and my gorgeous son has no words. The thought that complete strangers would take time out of their day to make special cards so others feel so loved fills my heart with so much joy. Cardz for Kidz are the absolute best!
This is an update to my review last year.
Extraordinary magic is woven through Cardz for Kidz. From the creator to all the volunteers who help get the cards out around the world. They are truly magical because I don’t think that they even have to sleep! I am always inspired by their work and all the artists who create the cards and send them in. They are truly an awe-inspiring organization.
I love making cards for Cardz for Kidz. As a TBI survivor who received cards from family during recovery I am so grateful for the opportunity to give back and thankful there is such a dedicated organization who works so hard to give hospitalized and traumatized children uplifting words and encouragement. They are able to use social media in such a positive way to thank and encourage their artists and groups to help out. To feel and create such passion and love for patients is truly a gift.
It has been a pleasure helping to spread the word about Cardz for Kidz and seeing how much it's grown from its infant stages in 2010. It is such a simple concept, but has such a powerful impact on disheartened people across the globe. Seeing the big smiles on people's faces as they're making cards just goes to show that all of the cards are truly made with love.
Cardz for Kidz is a wonderful organization with a great mission and it's super easy to get involved. During these unprecedented times, we have seen a surge in cards being made because this is something that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Keep up the good work!!
As a member of The Card Ladies we have enjoyed years of making cards & sending cards but in our hearts we wanted to step out a little more. Then we found Cardz for Kidz and it has thrilled us to be part of a group that makes people all over the world happier by receiving a handmade card and knowing there are people out there that care about them. It is wonderful being a part of such an amazing organization and knowing we can make a difference in the lives of those they serve!
Card making is a passion for me and my mom and sisters, the Card Ladies. It is a wonderful blessing to be able to send happy mail. Cardz for Kidz collects cards and makes sure those kids, elderly, and vets stuck in hospital rooms know others care and are thinking about them. This has been especially important during the pandemic when visitations are limited or cut off. I’m glad to be able to support this organization to put a smile on someone’s face because they received happy mail.
We love to make cards to cheer people up (everyone loves happy mail), so when we discovered Cardz For Kidz, we knew we found a way to greatly expand our reach!
We are a team of a Mother and her 3 daughters. We have even recruited crafty friends who share our love of cardmaking. We love knowing that our handmade cards are being sent to children around the world. And now that they are sending cards to seniors and vets, we can reach that many more people with “smiles across the miles”
Huge blessings to Cardz For Kidz for making this all possible ❤️
We are a Mother & 3 daughters who love to make special handmade cards. When we found this organization, we knew we wanted to support them with our craft. We get so excited when we get together to make our special cards for these kids! We have finally found our special organization to donate our cards too. Bless you all
As a card maker, I was so pleased to discover Cardz For Kidz! Through their own special magic (Ike, and his amazing volunteers) they are able to collect handmade cards from around the world, sort them, and then selectively distribute them to just the right child or senior around the word. I smile whenever I mail a batch of cards, and I’m sure the recipients smile as well.
Cardz for Kidz is such a blessing to thousands of kids and their families world wide. My friends and I are some of the card makers who donate hand created cards for their distribution. I have worked with Ike to furnish cheerful, upbeat cards to children who are undergoing stressful times. His generosity makes a huge difference to everyone who receives a card. He goes out of his way to make sure the card is written in the language of the recipient with plenty of color and cheer and encouraging words. I have seen the look of joy on the faces of the kids as they get their cards and realize someone is thinking of them, wishing them good thoughts, sending them "air hugs". It is my pleasure to be a part of the Cardz for Kidz team.
Outstanding work, 'Cardz for Kidz!' Whenever I've attended card-making events, there's great enthusiasm to bring caring & comfort to suffering children. People find this an incredibly impactful way to "give back." When kids are also present, they seem to love expressing "themselves creatively as well. It allows them to be just kids" again- without anything else attached. I think this love and acceptance is the greatest gift we can give them.
Our university department has been making cards for Cardz for Kidz for several years now. I also became a part of the advisory board last year. In both capacities I can only say amazing things about this organization. This year I was able to participate in the Cardz with Kidz event at Lurie Children's Hospital twice and it was so impactful to be able to spend time with the children and create unique cards for them. We also got to play connect 4, paint blocks, and sing with them. It was such a unique opportunity and an event that I always look forward to.
I had the privilege of visiting Lurie Children's Hospital this past weekend as an independent card maker for a Cardz for Kidz card making event. I had a wonderful time helping children design and create cards for their inpatient siblings. It always amazes me when the simplest items, combined with love, can brighten everyone's life. This is truly a dedicated organization.
I loved volunteering with this organization. Creating handmade little works of art for children and their families is a joyful, simple, and wise path for sharing our compassion. This organization has cultivated relationships with children's hospitals around the globe to deliver directly to the children and in their native language. Thank you for letting me put my craft skills to good use!
My mother and I love to make special handmade cards. When we found this organization, we knew we wanted to use our hobby to support them. We love seeing all the cards showcased on their social media and it’s so great seeing them in the hands of those who need them. We have finally found our special organization to donate our cards to.
I have only been involved with this organization since Summer 2018 but have already hand created and donated hundreds of cards in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese. My goal is to donate 700-750 cards this year and am already halfway there. I like that their mission is to bring cheer to kids all around the US and the world. I especially enjoy seeing my cards in photos that recipient kids or organizations post on social media. It's so fun to see where they end up! This is a fast growing organization that's looking to expand even more. It's a very worthwhile cause and a good non-profit organization.
My son loved his cards he received from Cardz for Kids. Receiving beautiful hand made cards really made his day. They spread so much happiness and love.
I enjoy making cards, so Cardz for Kidz is the perfect volunteer opportunity for me. I make them at home and save a bunch up and mail them in periodically. Cardz for Kidz has a great social media presence, they take pics of the cards they receive-my 5 yo niece made some and when she saw hers on line she was ecstatic. They also post photos of the kids that receive the cards and when I see my card with a recipient, nothing makes me happier.
We created cards for Cardz for Kidz and it's a very simple process. You can gather a group of friends and get creative and know your contribution will brighten a child's day. After creating your cards, you just mail them in and they are very good about featuring all of the cards they receive on social media, so you know they've made it. It's a simple concept that works great and it's so inclusive because anyone can participate in card creation.
I had the opportunity to connect with Cardz for Kidz in February 2018 at the Chicago Volunteer Expo! Their set up caught my attention as it was very interactive and had a table for volunteers to make cards that day! CFK demonstrated initiative that went above and beyond an informative info session. Shortly after attending the expo, I begin hosting events at my office in the loop and had a few get gatherings with my friends. It's truly such a great way to get people together and leverage creative talents for a special cause. Here at Schneider we set a goal of making 1,000 by the end of 2018 and we feel confident we have crushed it! I look forward to continue growing a relationship with Cardz for Kidz and potentially having the opportunity to hand deliver cards and experience the impact the cards have to the lives of children and their families experiencing a health battle. Cardz for Kidz is a one of kind organization and I feel so fortunate to volunteer with their team!
I honestly can’t say enough great things about this organization. They have been so amazingly supportive towards our family during a very scary time. My son had a seizure a few weeks ago and when I reached out to them for help, they have been incredible. A few days before my sons MRI, we received the most beautiful handcrafted cards. Each and every note was so special and brought happy tears to all of our eyes. For my son to feel the love from around the world was priceless. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to each and every person involved with Cardz for Kidz. Keep doing what you’re doing.
I have been making cards for Cardz for Kidz for about a year. I have been very impressed with their communication with me, so I know they have received the cards that I have sent. More than that, I have been very impressed with their dedication to quality and outreach. They reach so many kids across the US and are adding many other countries. I wouldn't be sending cards to them if I didn't believe in what they are doing!
I was one of the lucky few who was offered the experience to hand deliver my card to a child at the children's hospital and it was a very rewarding experience! The Cardz for Kidz organization is doing amazing things and I can't wait to see how it continues to grow. Keep up the great work!
I first met Cardz for Kidz at a yearly event I run called the Chicago Volunteer Expo. This event is all about recruiting volunteers for various NFP’s and boy did the CFK’s team come ready to get people fired up about making cards for hospitalized children. They showed up at the event armed with card making supplies and by the end of the expo they had almost a hundred cards in several different languages. The passion Ike and his team had for putting smiles on kid’s faces was so apparent in everything they did that day. I absolutely fell in love with how simple the concept was…make a card and make a kid smile. Since that time I’ve hosted and attend several card making parties and even had the chance to tag along with Cardz for Kidz as they hand delivered cards to children at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. I can’t tell you how life changing that experience was to see the smiles on the hospitalized kid’s faces as they looked at the selection of cards. Also so many had brothers and sisters visiting who also shared in the joy of seeing the cards. We even had the opportunity to make cards onsite at the hospital with the kids. What a wonderful day it was. It was a first hand confirmation on how important the work this organization is doing really is. These cards have such a huge impact on the overall happiness of these children during their stay in the hospital. I will continue to be involved with Cardz for Kidz and I encourage everyone I meet to do the same.
I have a great time making cards and knowing they will brighten up someones day. :)
Hospitals can be scary places, especially for kids. Cardz for kidz helps by offering encouragement, kindness, and maybe even some humor - all from a handmade card. For us volunteers, it's not only a great creative outlet, but you feel good knowing you'll make someone smile.
Cardz for Kidz is great! Why? This non-profit took a challenging and life changing experience and turned it into a phenomenal pay-it-forward organization. A simple concept of getting homemade cards to share with children, and now seniors, who could use a fun and friendly perspective in their life works! Making cards for Cardz for Kidz brings me lots of peace. I call my friends to help me with thoughts and phrases to make the reader laugh. Caring is sharing both in creating the card and seeing the smiles of the children receiving them because they now know someone else cares for them.
My daughter had her first seizure at 2 1/2. Now at 6, we've adjusted quite well and know what to expect when her seizures come. When my son started having them, we were thrown off course yet again. A post to my Instagram caught the attention of this amazing organization, and I was contacted, asking if they could send some cards to my children. Of course I said yes and shortly thereafter, we received a beautiful packaged for EACH child in the mail. There wasn't just 1 card for each, there were TONS. the messages were uplifting, the artwork was beautiful and to think that someone took time out of their day to create these for a child, really touched my heart. Thank you to Ike and his team for putting this together and bringing smiles to their faces. I can't wait to give back and send some new creations your way. Thank you, Melissa C - Mother and Fan.
On behalf of Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island I have to say Cardz for Kidz is a WONDERFUL charity- I wish I could give them more than 5 Stars! In 1931, Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital became the nation's first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents. Today it remains the only such hospital in the region. A not-for-profit hospital, Bradley's mission is to provide family-focused, high-quality mental health care and specialized educational services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with psychiatric illness, behavioral disorders and/or development disabilities so that they may reach their full potential. We're also a teaching hospital for Brown University's Alpert Medical School.
Last year I was contacted by Cardz' founder, and was originally hesitant as we could not provide photos of the children receiving the cards like other hospitals can. They didn't hesitate, our children were what mattered. Knowing this, Cardz for Kidz has provided such uplifting cards for our children when they find themselves thinking no one cares until they see their very own card and the smiles just light up their faces- the staff here love to look through the variety that are sent faithfully each quarter and pick out specific ones for each patient- in English, Spanish and Portuguese- Amazing!! As we can't show the children, here's some of the doctors and nurses with the cards for our patients in the Children & Adolescent Units, and we also try to show our love back via our many Facebook posts!
WE LOVE CARDZ FOR KIDZ and for very good reason. Please don't hesitate to contact them, the volunteers that make each card do so hoping it will brighten a life and they do, thank you for All you do!
Arizona Children's Center at MIHS feels very fortunate to be a recipient of Cardz for Kidz! Staff love looking through the unique cards to pick out just the right one for their patients. The look on the patients' faces when they realize that someone took the time to send them an encouraging message is definitely what makes this organization so important and impactful for pediatric patients. They also are amazed that the cards have come from different places throughout the country.
Cardz for Kidz has worked hard to understand our patient population and meet our individual needs and have been sending cards in Spanish as well. This is an amazing extra effort that helps us to provide this wonderful gift to all of the patients that we serve.
Much appreciation to Ike and all those who take the time to create the cards knowing that it will positively impact those in the hospital.
Child Life Coordinator
I had read about Cardz for Kidz on facebook and was touched by the different levels of quality of the cards and the joy seen on faces of children who got them. I was impressed by the number of individuals, groups and card making parties to produce such a hugh number of cards. I knew I had to become involved. I have made close to 175 cards and have enjoyed making each and everyone one. I was also able to get some cards delivered to a friends son who is Autistic and in the hospital due to severe burns he received in an accident. It is gratifying to know that I can make these cards, mail them to CforK and know that in some small way I am bringing a smile and a tiny respite from their illness or troubles. This organization is amazing and I am honored to be able to be a part of it.
During the past few years St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has had the privilege of partnering with Cardz for Kidz and receiving amazing hand made cards for our patients who are receiving care at the hospital. The cards are a bright spot during a patients hospitalization as hospitals can be overwhelming for children. Receiving a card from Cardz for Kidz provides encouragement letting a child know someone is thinking of them and extending kindness and compassion during their hospitalization. We are extremely appreciative of all of the efforts and support from Ike on behalf of Cardz for Kidz and look forward to a continued partnership with Cardz for Kidz and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Thank you for making a difference !
A couple of years ago I was looking for a way to get involved with an organization since I love painting handmade cards and wanted to share them. Discovering Cardz-for-Kidz was a match made in heaven! What they do is just amazing, getting these cards to thousands and thousands of kids all over the world. They are always sharing the photos and thank-yous from the families that happily receive a big package of cards and are very communicative and appreciative to those of us who help out by making the cards. They even post photos of the cards we have made and give us credit for them which is so very nice and inspires me to keep wanting to help out. Although I have never met Ike in person, I know he is just amazing and i hope to meet him one day. He works tirelessly on this organization and it is my honor to support him and this very special cause.
I found out about Cardz for Kidz through a friend who works at a Chicago area business that has been supporting the nonprofit for years. As a business leader, I was looking for an organization that our team could support where we could "do" something as opposed to just contribute financially. Cardz for Kidz was exactly what I was looking for. It's a low cost investment with great returns. Several times a year I host a card making day and our corporate conference room turns into an arts and crafts zone filled with markers, glue, stencils, stickers, and glitter. Colleagues join in on the card making fun throughout the day when it is convenient for their schedule. They often come in groups and the day turns into a wonderful social visit strengthening relationships throughout the company all while doing good for others. People collaborate on cards, trading ideas and materials all while knowing the time they invested will brighten a child's day. It's an easy give back!
As the host of the event, the step by step directions on the website are super easy to follow. I know exactly where to send the cards and I follow Cardz for Kidz on social media, so it's fun to see where our cards end up! I highly recommend this organization and hope support for it continues to grow.
My family really enjoys some sort of craft, game or activity when we gather at Thanksgiving.
We found this Charity only recently and this year was the best activity yet! Family members of all ages and stages just loved making the cards! It was a wonderful way to bond and enjoy each others company while also giving back and a nice way to kick off the holiday season. We plan to make it an annual tradition! It also helped that I have lots of crafty family members that were excited to donate their craft materials to the pool.
The contact at the charity was also a pleasure to work with - very friendly, responsive and helpful when planning the event.
I have had the pleasure of working with Cardz for Kidz for several years now, and have been able to see firsthand the positive effect these cards have for families dealing with a hospital stay, and have been able to see the nonstop dedication of this organization's volunteers and staff.
The focus is on making a personal and impactful connection to bring some joy and care to families who are going through a tough time, and being able to provide someone with something so simple, but so impactful as a card for them is really a remarkable feat. The focus is always to bring people together to make cards with or for kids who are dealing with some tough situations, and to let them have something positive and emotionally boosting personally.
This group of people are among the best people I've ever met, and being able to just share a few moments to make a card, or spend the day making cards in person with the kids who are benefiting from the activity is really heartwarming, and allows for so many opportunities to help out, despite any schedule or complexity that you might be facing.
My wife is an avid scrapbook who is always looking to share her talents. Cardzs
for kidsz has been a great way to do that. They have offered a chance to easily brighten a child's day by making a card. This can be done alone, as a family and I'm the work place. We have done all three. All effort goes directly to make a child's day better. Great experience and great nonprofit organization!!!
I met Ike a few years ago when he came to do a presentation of Cardz for Kidz to the company I was working for at the time. I was so impressed with his presentation and his mission and I said to myself I want to be a part of that mission. 4-5 years later I am at a different company hosting quarterly Cardz for Kidz events with my team. Everyone is inspired and is happy to put a smile on these children's faces. Its a good feeling inside to have the opportunity to make cards with the kids as well at Lurie hospital. I also have my family make cards for kids during Thanksgiving or Easter. This organization is Fantastic. If you think you are not creative just make your first card and you will see how hooked you will be. Great organization for a great cause.
A few years ago, Ike Nwankwo, a former student of mine, asked me to make "just one card" in Spanish for Cardz for Kidz. I told him I had absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever. About 600 cards later, I discovered I had more of a creative mind than I had given myself credit for and making cards for Cardz for Kidz has kept my mind active during retirement as well as being a lot of fun. Experimenting with things like spinner cards has been a great challenge, each getting more complex than the first one I tried. And what else do teachers think about than the happiness and wellbeing of kids? The cards don't have to be complex nor cost a lot of money to make. They just have to be positive and maybe sweet. I encourage everyone to try just one card, and you might find yourself hooked too . Enjoy a great project! Diane Kalata
I have been involved with this nonprofit for over two years and look forward to more opportunities to give back. I help coordinate and host crafting parties and take every chance I get to volunteer at the local children's hospital! I am very grateful for everyone who participates to give these kids a reason to smile!