Friday, January 8, 2010

Recycling Christmas Cards

I thought this was a great idea to post on my blog.

If interested in recycling your Christmas cards, St. Jude's Ranch for Children is accepting the card fronts until February 28th. More information about this program can be found below or by clicking here. A friend of mine mailed hers two years ago and it cost less than $2.

Recycled Card Program History
Over thirty years ago, wishing to show our donors appreciation for making St. Jude’s Ranch for Children possible, the idea was conceived for turning the previous year’s Christmas cards into "new" cards for the coming season. The recipients were so delighted with their unique "thank you," they requested the children sell them the special cards. And so, the St. Jude’s Ranch Recycled Card Program was born.

Since then, the Program expanded to include all occasion greeting cards…just about anything that starts with a used greeting card front. People from all over the world have sent us their used card fronts!

The children participate in making the new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive "green" holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of "going green".

The ongoing support for the Recycled Card Program has been overwhelming! The Program grew and soon we were receiving over one million cards. We temporarily suspended the Program while we redesigned the process to more efficiently manage the increased production from the increased volume.

To Donate Cards
Cards may be donated by sending them to:

St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005


One of my blog readers read this post and sent me information about a similar program she started that also accepts Christmas cards, as well as all other types of cards, year-round:

A card-recycling program was recently establisehed to benefit the children at the Schwartz Center for Children in North Dartmouth, MA. Donations of used holiday and all-occasion greeting cards (except photo cards) can be sent to:

Cards for the Kids
P. O. Box 70113
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

You may send cards year-round (non-smoking environment only, please), and the program will re-purpose them as part of a fund-raising project. As the website for the Center is being updated, any questions or inquiries can be directed to:

So start piling up those cards and sending them to one of these two organizations, peeps! :-)



  1. I have some...I'll gather them together. It's better than tossing them, as I'd normally do!

  2. What a lovely blog to come back too. It's a fab idea. But I'm afraid all my cards are cut up ready to be used for tags next year :P

    SE x


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