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Donating Old Greeting Cards

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Certain charities, schools, and other organizations collect used greeting cards for fundraising activities and crafts. This is a guide about donating old greeting cards.
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December 1, 2010

I found a way to help my school, recycle, and make a child smile. I received a box full of old Christmas cards. Since most of them had been written on, I decided to fold them in half and glue them down. I passed them on to the librarian at the school where I work. Since they are in different sizes, the kids love them from kindergarten to 5th grade. I can also do this with old greeting cards for other holidays.

By M from Waterloo, IA

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful
Update: St. Jude's has discontinued this program due to a lack of demand and the difficulties in running the program. This guide is about donating greeting cards to St. Jude's recycled card program.

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January 18, 20140 found this helpful

I have accumulated quite a lot of assorted greeting cards (birthday, get well, etc.) that I can't use, but surely someone can use them. Where can I send them by 3rd of 4th class mail? Thanks.

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January 21, 20140 found this helpful
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You can take them to a Retirement Center in your hometown. They will either give them to the residents there, or sell them in their little (recycle) gift shop if they have one. You could probably also give them to a women's shelter, or a church for their missionary program. Some churches have a room where they stock shelves with donated items for their missionaries.

You could also send them to "Samaritan's Purse." They would find a good use for them.

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April 27, 2010

I have a large box of assorted greeting cards and would like to donate them. Could you give me an address to send them too?

By Ginny from Port Townsend, WA

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

You can call the local preschools and ask if they need them.The nursing homes, senior centers always need things for crafts. I used to make "Get well, Hope you feel better soon,Sunshine" cards for people in the hospital, out of used cards and construction paper. Maybe a Girl Scout troop can use them? GG Vi

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April 29, 20101 found this helpful

I am an environmental educator, and am always in need of greeting cards for lots of projects I teach! I can use the entire card, front and back (many of the sayings can be re-used for multiple projects!). If you'd be willing to help, please send cards to my attention. Thanks very, very much!

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

Most elementary schools will use them, especially Christmas cards. But they will likely not turn down your cards. Phone around.

I was a teacher for years, and we used cards for numerous projects.

Sunday schools might use them as well.

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

St. Jude's Ranch for Children accepts all types of greeting cards.

Editor's Note: St. Jude's no longer accepts greeting cards. Because of this, we have removed the mailing address on this feedback.

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May 2, 20100 found this helpful

St. Jude's Ranch for Children only needs the fronts of the cards (only send ones that do not have any personal writing on the back). It will also save you in postage.

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http://www.stju  rg/help_card.php

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you all for your very good suggestions. I have several places I can go to now.
Ginny

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November 20, 2017

Where can I donate used greeting cards?

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful
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I would have said St. Judes but I believe they stopped it (says below)

http://stjudesr  ed-card-program/

Other places you can see may want used cards they can recycle to do crafts or make new cards are day care centers, shelters, local charity organizations even prisoners.

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January 11, 20140 found this helpful

I live in Twickenham TW2 7BS, UK. I am looking for a place to donate used greeting cards. Any suggestions?

By William

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January 13, 20140 found this helpful
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Day cares, children's clubs, and schools sometimes can use them for arts and crafts.

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December 1, 20130 found this helpful

I have several cartons of brand new notecards I received as samples from my factory. They are mostly full boxes, still shrinkwrapped. I would like to see them go to good use. I live in Hingham, Massachusetts on the south shore of Boston. Suggestions?

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December 3, 20130 found this helpful

The Red Cross sends Christmas cards to soldiers - maybe they take ALL types of greeting cards. Try to find a local Red Cross or Google where to send them.

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March 11, 20160 found this helpful

Wish I would have seen your post before this! We would have loved to get your notecard samples! I teach workshops to kids and adults and we use notecards, greeting cards, etc. Thanks for trying to get your notecards into the hands of those who could "put them to good use"! If you have any cards in the future that you'd like to send us, please do so to: Casey, Earth Inspired Crafts and Education, P O Box 1981, Allen TX 75013-1981. Thanks very, very much.

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January 17, 20120 found this helpful

I am going through my cards new and used ones and want to know if I need to just send the fronts of them or all of the card? I also need to have an address to send them to. Thank you.

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By Carolyn from Edgar, NE

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

One way to reuse greeting cards is put a white label over the signature which is generally on the inside, sign it and send it on. This way the card can be used multiple times.

Looking for an envelope? Go to a store where they sell greeting cards and ask to speak to the person who stocks the cards. Ask the person if you could have the envelopes that they find that don't have a card to go with them. This is a great way to collect different sizes of envelopes and in color too.

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

St. Jude's Ranch for Children only needs the fronts of the cards (only send ones that do not have any personal writing on the back). It will also save you in postage.

http://www.stju  ed-card-program/

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January 18, 20120 found this helpful

I am an environmental educator and would love to have your cards for the workshops I teach to kids, from preschool to high school. I can use the entire card, including the saying inside, which we use for multiple purposes. Also, I can really use everyday cards such as birthday, anniversary, get-well, etc. If you'd like to help, please send your cards to: Earth Inspired Crafts, P. O. Box 1981, Allen, TX 75013-1981. Thanks so much!

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May 14, 20160 found this helpful

Are you a business, using the cards to make money for yourself? You say you are an educator and teach kids, is that your main goal? Just want to know who will benefit from what I donate.

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September 5, 2017

Where can I send unused cards of all categories? I have many that I have been given when I donate to certain organizations, but I cannot use them all. I would rather give them to anyone who can use them instead of tossing them into the recycle bin.

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April 7, 2013

Does anyone know where I can donate used greeting cards?

By Jaclyn T.

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April 7, 20130 found this helpful

St. Judes has a program. It is wise to visit their site so you know the kind they can't accept, saving them time and you postage. Here is this wonderful program.

http://www.stju  ed-card-program/

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April 8, 20130 found this helpful

Youe local Senior Center would welcome them.

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May 6, 2018

I have some really pretty used Christmas cards, birthday cards, and other greeting cards. I hate to throw them away, if I tear off the written part and just save the front of the card is there anywhere I can send them to be used for crafts. etc.?

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March 3, 2018

I would like to send used greeting cards that I have saved for many years to an organization that can use them. My husband and I are downsizing and I don't just want to toss them out. Please forward to me a current address of someone or an organization that would like the greeting cards to use for their purpose. I will mail them out as soon as I receive an address.

Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.

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January 16, 2018

Is there a source for recycling used 1958/1959 wedding and shower cards?

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June 11, 2018

I had a member of my family that worked for a greeting card company and received many cards that were never sold. I now have many cards that I would love to give away. I just don't know who to give them to. Any help would be needed, I get more every few months.

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June 3, 2016

Where in St Petersburg Florida can I donate old greeting cards?

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March 31, 2016

Any ideas where to donate unused small sympathy, thank you, and "in appreciation" notes with envelopes in boxes? They are from a funeral home that no longer uses these. I also have tons of prayer cards on 8.5 x11 sheets that are 8 up perforated with picture on the front and verse on the back. here are lots of different ones. I hope someone can use these.

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April 1, 20161 found this helpful

The local nursing homes would love them.

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February 4, 20150 found this helpful

Do you collect only the front part of the card or the entire card with writing?

By Paulette from Silver Spring, MD

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January 3, 20150 found this helpful

Where can I take my used Christmas cards locally in the London NW3 area?

By Michael W

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January 4, 20151 found this helpful

https://stjudes  -all-year-round/

They just ask for non Hallmark, American Greeting or Disney. It's 5 by 7 or smaller, fronts only with no markings on the back.
Hope that helps.
PBP

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April 22, 20140 found this helpful

Do I donate only front of card? The inside messages are personal to me.

By Marilyn

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April 24, 20140 found this helpful

I always only donate the front of cards. But if there is a letter or message on the inside of the front that I want to keep, I photocopy or if you have a computer printer with copy feature, use that.

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April 21, 20140 found this helpful

Where are these cards to be mailed and how many can be sent? I currently support St. Jude's with a monthly donation and have an accumulation of cards for various occasions.

By Glenna

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February 25, 20140 found this helpful

Where do I donate greeting cards?

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