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To-Do List: Store wreaths, wrap candlesticks, disconnect twinkling lights, and recycle 2008 holiday cards. WAIT!!!! Don’t just recycle them...REPURPOSE your holiday cards to help abused and abandoned children. I recently discovered a worthy cause that could greatly benefit from these dated well wishes. It will take you very little effort, time, and money; I promise.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, “rescues abused, abandoned and neglected children of all races and faiths from the vicious cycle of child abuse.” I encourage you to read about their mission, and the children of all ages who might otherwise be living on the street or in deplorable conditions.

St. Jude’s is currently accepting all types of used greeting cards. The recycling program is open all year round. Just send the whole card. They recycle the cards by using the front and adding a new back of recycled paper. The “new” cards are then sold to raise revenue in support of their programs.

So if you still have those holiday cards in the recycling bin, stuck to a bulletin board or cluttering up the mantle…grab them, put them in a mailer envelope and the next time you are at the Post Office, send them to:

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

Pictured is my stack of cards awaiting my next trip to the Post Office. I hope you will send yours, too. You will be doing a good thing by sharing your well wishes with children who could really use them. Thank you!

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Luci Weston

Update: I mailed my envelope of used cards. It cost $6.67 for a 1 lb. 7 oz. package.

Luci Weston

So glad this info reached you!

Yes, the program is a very worthy cause. It broke my heart to read about these kids...but I especially like that St. Jude's keeps the siblings together.

Luci Weston

Oh darn it! I was worried that might happen, but I just found out about St. Jude's program this past Sunday.

Not to worry...this info is on the calendar for next season as an early reminder.

Plus, I am going to collect all types of cards over the year to send with next year's Holiday package.


Bad timing...
I just threw all mine out.
Please remind me again next sounds like a great idea.

Janine N

Glad you posted this when you did; I was about to throw out this year's worth of cards. It always makes me feel sad to do that, but now I have a way to feel better about not keeping them. I checked out the site and it is really something special. Thanks for the post!


Thank you so much for putting this information on your website. I had heard about the program but didn't have the address. What a great idea!

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