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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 90,000 cards to disheartened children and solemn seniors in 30+ different countries.

Target demographics: disheartened children and solemn seniors

Direct beneficiaries per year: sent over 30,000 cards to kids or seniors across the globe.

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

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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.

Carolina Barrera T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kayte

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Meg B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Carla N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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
https://www.facebook.com/CardLadies/

2 Tiffany Clark B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Shaina Ashley M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

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.

1

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!

1

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