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Here at Card Making Circle many of the cards created are donated to local groups to help raise funds for their cause.
100% of the money raised is kept by the group.
Making a difference by donating handmade cards is Card Making Circle's way of giving back to the community.
The beneficiaries may be a Macmillan coffee morning, a charity or a local cause whose work I believe in.
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day on 21st March to help raise awareness of Down Syndrome.
Every year our local group the Cotswold Downs Syndrome Group (Friends of Daniella) holds a coffee morning at the Gloucester Farmers Club to celebrate their children and help raise money for this amazing group.
To get the World talking WDSD is encouraging people to wear #lotsofsocks - brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes.
Chromosomes look like socks and people with Down's syndrome have an extra chromosome.
#lotsofsocks is a fun initiative that is easy to take part - Just wear odd socks!
The Lots of Socks cards were created with an Itty Bitty stamp set from Unity Stamps called Matching Socks.
The socks are blank for self colouring - making sure that each card is different!
The inside of the card includes the sentiment # You are Amazing.
If you have any spare cards rather than leave them hidden in a box think about donating them to a worthwhile cause.....children in hospital, old folk in a nursing home or military personnel overseas.
Christmas is an isolating time of year especially if you have no family or having a stay in hospital over the holiday period.
So, look through your stash - give away any cards you don't need and bring a smile to a stranger this year to remind them that they are not forgotten.
Here are a few organisations who will take your cards and make sure that they are distributed to those who would love to receive your handmade creations.
Cards for Bravery - Collects and distributes handmade cards for hospitalised and seriously ill children in hospital. The charity also gives Bravery Packages to young people aged 2 to 21 years with life-altering illness.
Post Pals - Encourages the sending cards, letters, emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings to make them smile and feel less isolated. It supports children aged 3 to 17 years. The charity features the children on their website and you write direct to them. Guidance is given on what to write and send.
Festive Friends - Works with the national charity Contact the Elderly. Distributes Christmas cards to elderly guests served by Contact the Elderly in North West England.
Scrapbook.com has a global initiative "Cards for Kindness" to give handmade cards to those in need of an emotional boost, a smile or helping helping hand. They organise the distribution of the cards to a variety of organisations. Send a minimum of 10 cards to Scarpbook.com
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Collects handmade cards and distributes to children while they are inpatients at children's hospitals. Givers are asked to follow the guidelines for donations.
Cards for Hospitalized Kids - Cards are distributed to children's hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the US. There are guidelines for making general cards and holiday cards.
Bring Smiles to Seniors Inc - Collects donations of handmade greeting cards and distributes to elderly communities.
Color a Smile - Distributes drawings to senior citizens, troops overseas and anyone in need of a smile. The organisation offers 100's of colouring pages for you to print, sign and mail.