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Cards For Kindness® By Creative Kindness®

Handmade cards can lift the human heart and spread happiness. We've launched a global initiative to get handmade cards to people who are in need of an emotional boost, a smile, or a helping hand. 

Hear what some of your favorite brands and designers have to say about this initiative and keep reading below to learn more.

Here's How it Works

  1. You send your handmade cards in our needed-themes (blank inside - with no personal message) to Cards for Kindness by Creative Kindness.
  2. We organize and distribute the cards to cancer foundations, hospitals, shelters, retirement homes, children's homes and other organizations in need. (See our partner organizations here.) 
  3. The cards are used by nurses, doctors, staff members, counselors, parents and volunteers who add handwritten messages of encouragement and love before giving them to patients, children and other people in need. 

Many of these cards will become very special mementos that will be kept and cherished for years or even decades to come. 

Together we can lift hearts around the world with handmade creativity and kindness and make a difference in so many lives.  We have already received and delivered thousands of cards and we're just getting started. We cannot do it alone. 

To print out all the Cards for Kindness information you need, see here!

Card Submission Guidelines Partnering Organizations Print Submission Form
FAQs and Help Creative Inspiration Follow Us on Instagram

Are you interested in making and sending cards for the Cards for Kindness initiative?

We require a minimum of 10 cards per submission in order to streamline the processing and distribution - but you can include cards from any of the approved themes listed below. Each card must be handmade/homemade.

If you are unable to send 10 cards, please try to coordinate with friends or family or other crafters in your area and have them help so you can pool your efforts. 

Card submissions also need to be accompanied by a submission form.

Highlighted Partner Organizations:

Cards for Kindness is happy to support Operation Gratitude and Bring Smiles to Seniors by sending thousands of cards to these organizations every quarter!  

When working on cards to send, please consider their highest needs, listed below.

The mission of Operation Gratitude is to forge strong bonds between Americans and their military and first responder heroes through volunteer service projects and acts of gratitude in communities nationwide.  One of the acts of gratitude that Operation Gratitude particpates in is assembling care packages for our troops.  Inside every care package, handmade cards are included so they can write to their loved ones at home. The cards they need the most include "Thinking of You," "Miss You," and "Thank You."

The mission of Bring Smiles to Seniors is to show seniors all over the country that they are cared for and loved.  The cards that Bring Smiles to Seniors receive are given to seniors in nursing homes, assisted and independent living communities, and those who are homebound. The cards they need the most include, "Happy Hello" and "Thinking of You."

Card Themes We Currently Are In Need Of: 

- "Thinking of You" cards

-  "Happy Hello" cards

-  "Happy Birthday" cards for adults (Please note that we are in need of cards that can be given to males)

-  "Miss You" cards 

-  "Thank You" cards

-  "Kindness" themed cards

-  "Feel Better" cards for adults and children (Many of our partner organizations specifically request cards that say "Feel Better" versus "Get Well.")

-  Mother's Day and Father's Day cards (Our partner organizations respectfully request that these cards have no stamps or messages inside the cards.)


The following cards listed below are less-needed. Please consider sending us card themes we are currently in need of.

Less-needed cards:

- Friendship
- Christmas and Valentine's Day
- Congratulations /  Wedding /  Anniversary /  Baby 
- Inspirational / Motivational 

Recommended Card Size:

  • A2 cards with envelopes (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). Please send cards with coordinating envelopes. 
  • Though our recommended size is A2, we are accepting any card size as long as it has a coordinating envelope included with it

Minimum Number of Cards:

Please Note:
  • Cards may have stamped sentiments inside, but we respectfully request no handwritten messages inside the cards so that they may be filled out by our partner organizations.
  • Please consider sending cards with the themes listed above.  These are the themes that our partnering organizations are most in need of. 
  • Please do not send store-bought, commercially produced, or recycled/previously used cards.
  • We do not accept store bought cards, commerically produced cards, or previously-used cards.
  • Though appreciated, we do not accept cash or check contributions of any kind.
  • At this time, we are only accepting handmade cards.  Please do not send handmade bookmarks, albums, bags, gift tags, or other projects. 


How to Send Your Cards

Whether you've created 10 cards or 100 cards, now it's time to ship them to us to be distributed to those in need. 

1. Print out and fill out our required submission form 

2. Put the cards with their coordinating envelopes (they do not need to be inside of their envelopes)

3. There is no need to pre-package your cards in plastic or tissue paper. Simply place them in a box with some peanuts, tissue paper, or other protective material, place your submission form on top, and send them our way! Our mailing address can be found on the submission form

4. We will send you an email when we have processed your cards. Keep in mind that due to the amount of cards we receive, it may be a little while before we get to your batch. We appreciate your patience (and generosity!). 

Are you an organization that would benefit from receiving handmade cards?

 Let us know by getting in touch here

Before you send your cards to us, remember to take a photo and share your cards on social media using the hashtags #CardsForKindness #CreativeKindness and #scrapbookcom to spread the word! You can also tag and follow cardsforkindness_official and creativekindness_official on Instagram!

Thank you for creating cards to support our mission to help those in need through handmade creativity!


Creative Kindness Foundation is an Arizona nonprofit (EIN:88-35822253).  Any donation or volunteer expenses incurred since June 2022 may qualify as a charitable contribution, which may be eligible for a tax deduction depending on your individual situation.  Please consult your tax advisor regarding your personal situation. 

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