I’ve been lucky enough over the last few weeks to be receiving a steady stream of Christmas cards from friends and loved ones, but the holidays also remind me of those who can’t be home during the festive season for whatever reason. Although it may be too late to participate in the Cards for Hospitalized Kids‘s (CFHK) holiday cards program for December, the national charity does spread joy to children each month with handmade cards to seriously ill kids across the US.
Founded by high school student Jen Rubino in 2011, CFHK is on a mission to give as many hospitalized kids as possible cards that bring them hope and magic. Jen, who suffers from a chronic bone illness herself and has undergone 23 surgeries since the age of 11, understands the feeling of sadness, loneliness and isolation many hospitalized children and teens go through; it was a kind gesture from a hospital volunteer on a particularly challenging hospital stay that helped her keep hope, so she founded CFHK to be that spark for other kids.
“Making a card only takes a few minutes, but the impact cards have on the ill kids that receive them lasts much longer.”
Cards have been given to thousands of kids via hospitals throughout the US each month including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dayton’s Children’s Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital just to name a few since the organization’s inception.
If you’d like to make cards of encouragement for hospitalized children, click here for instructions.
If there’s a child you’d like to refer to receive cards, click here.
Thank you Cards for Hospitalized Children for making our world wonderful.
LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: When was the last time you made a handmade card for someone?