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Cardz for Kidz NFP

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Causes: Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: Cardz for Kidz! is an organization dedicated to uplifting the spirits of hospitalized and/or traumatized children across the globe by delivering inspiring homemade cards.

Results: Currently we've delivered over 50,000 cards to disheartened children and solemn seniors in 20+ different countries.

Target demographics: disheartened children and solemn seniors

Direct beneficiaries per year: sent over 50,000 cards to kids or seniors in 20+ countries.

Programs: uplifting homemade cards, toys, DVDs, DVD Players, and TVs.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Melissa C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1 Jamie B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Nick A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a great time making cards and knowing they will brighten up someones day. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Kyla Mohney
Child Life Coordinator

1 Tracey Nicholas B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 !

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 George56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

2 Celeste12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!