A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
Wasn’t Stacey’s bokeh card stunning?
I’m Linda McClain, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of this amazing campaign.
Before I retired from nursing last February I had the honor of inspecting and investigating nursing homes all over central Texas. My job gave me special privileges – a window into the lives of amazing people. I had a front row seat to history when the residents told me about their lives: NASA rocket scientist, championship rodeo cowboy, member of the 1950’s All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Holocaust survivor, teacher in a one-room schoolhouse . . .
My Dad used to joke that he wanted to live to be 100, shot by a jealous woman. We laughed, but then I met a 103 year old woman and realized from her story that the hardest part of aging isn’t arthritis – it’s outliving your family and friends. This sweet lady and her husband were married for 50 years, but she had been a widow for the last 30 years. Her only surviving son was in his 80’s and unable to drive to visit her. Dad also used to say that growing old isn’t for the weak. He was right!
The wonderful news is that the cards you make for Vera Yates’ and Jennifer McGuire’s Caring Hearts Card Drive really will bring smiles to these residents’ faces and brighten their holiday season. Your simple gesture will let them know that they are not forgotten.
This is the fifth year for the annual Caring Hearts Card Drive to collect holiday cards for the nursing home residents. Last year the campaign distributed over 3600 cards. 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 Online Card Classes, Simon Says Stamp, Inspiration Emporium, Verve Stamps, Latina Crafter, May Arts, and Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. 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 to Latina Crafter.
tips and techniques
Here are the ingredients to my card and gift tag. I created the text for the gift tag in Photoshop. You can download the .jpg file here: No Peeking.
Off you go to Latina Crafter. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop. I hope you’ll send some cards to Vera and warm a heart.