You can’t live a perfect day
without doing something for someone
who will never be able to repay you. ~John Wooden
I have the honor of inspecting and investigating nursing homes which gives me special privileges – a window into the lives of amazing people.
Today I visited a facility that specializes in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease. I met a man there we’ll call Norm. When I asked him how the staff treated him, “oh,” he said, “they beat me every night.” He fell back into his bed, put his hand to his chest and shook with fear. I was ready to take names before his wife told me he was such a joker. He sat back up with a huge, sly smile. Got me good.
Norm had two dog tags around his neck. When I asked about them, he took them off to show me. He said he served 32 years in the armed forces, parachuted out of planes in the Vietnam and Korean wars and also spent time at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a gun shot wound and malaria. What an honor it was to meet him.
Before I left I thanked him for his service and asked him if he would tell me one of his jokes. He hesitated and said he couldn’t. Oh dear. I felt bad because, remembering I was in a memory care unit, I thought he possibly couldn’t think of one. His eyes sparkled when he told me he couldn’t tell me a joke, because all his jokes were dirty. Got me again.
Norm was really one of the lucky ones I met today. His wife visited him every day and he knew and remembered her. Many of the others I met today were not as fortunate. That’s why I love what Vera Yates is doing with her Caring Hearts Card Drive.
This is Vera’s fourth year to collect holiday cards for nursing homes all across the country. Last year she collected over 3000. I know we can top that. You can get all the important details for how to get your holiday cards to Vera and earn chances for tons of fabulous prizes here: Caring Hearts Card Drive.
And, there are Prizes for this blog hop.
Lots of Prizes!
Some lucky blog hoppers are going to win prizes from Clearly Besotted Stamp, Ellen Hutson, Fresh Squeezed Stamp, Hero Arts, Inspiration Emporium, Lawn Fawn, Li’l Inker Designs, May Arts, My Favorite Things, Newton Nook & Design, Online Classes, Paper Smooches, Simon Says Stamps, Studio Calico, Tim Holts, There She Goes Stamp, and The Twinery. Gracious.
Just jump onto this hop and leave comments at the blog stops along the way. Vera will randomly pick winners from the comments, so the more stops you make and comment love you leave, the better your chances are.
For a complete list of blog hop participants and prizes, just visit Vera’s blog, Ling’s Design Studio.
Your next stop along the Caring Cards Card Drive Blog Hop
is back to Ling’s Design Studio.
Tips & Techniques
The star of my card is the darling Winterberry snowman image, part of the new Winter Wishes line by Stacey Yacula you can find at Purple Onion Designs.
To get those layered panels of four circles, I created a file using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. You can download my Silhouette studio file or a .jpg file here.
Vera says we need to be sure to put a message inside our cards for the nursing homes, so I decorated the inside a bit. I colored Winterberry very softly with chalk.
The finished size is 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the ingredients.
Off you go. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop. I hope you’ll send some cards to Vera and, remembering what John Wooden said at the top of this post – have a perfect day.