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Create Cards for Hospitalized Children

At last year's conference, we had a wonderfully huge response to our community service project; creating cards for children in the hospital, that we're doing it again this year! We will be giving the cards to Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota. We hope you will get involved and help us brighten the days of as many hospitalized kids as possible.

Where do I bring the cards?

Your program is invited to support these children by bringing handmade cards to the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference. There will also be a table with supplies set up at the conference for those who would like to get crafty at the event.

The number of cards is totally up to you. Bring one, bring 10, bring 50. All the cards will be distributed and are appreciated.

How do I make a card?

You can have kids make a card with simply crayons and paper. You are welcome to use craft supplies such as stickers, stamps, etc., so long as it is not excessive to the point of falling/rubbing off (this can create health concerns for some kids). This is especially important when using glitter. Rubbing your finger across the glitter, stamp ink, etc., to ensure that none or little comes off is typically a sufficient way to tell if it is excessive.

What to write:

Do not write "Get well," "Feel better," or other illness-related comments. This is very important since some of the patients suffer from medical conditions that are chronic, life-long, progressive and/or terminal.

We recommend that you write uplifting messages such as:

  • Stay strong
  • You are awesome
  • You rock
  • I hope you have a great day today
  • You shine brighter than the sun
  • You inspire me
  • Be Brave
  • I believe in YOU
  • Share an age-appropriate joke

Do not write any religious comments such as "God Bless" or "I'm praying for you." Hospitals treat patients of all religions, as well as patients that do not practice religion, which is why they do not allow us to give out cards containing religious comments.

Sign your first name on the card. You can also include your state (such as "Katie from Nebraska") if you wish to. Please do not include any personal information such as your phone number, address, email address, etc.

Children's Minnesota





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