5th annual caring hearts card drive

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
~Donna Roberts

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If you just hopped here from my sweet friend Stacey Schafer’s place
and the Caring Hearts Card Drive,
welcome to Catered Crop!

Wasn’t Stacey’s bokeh card stunning?

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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 . . .

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Siggy

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You can’t live a perfect day
without doing something for someone
who will never be able to repay you.  ~John Wooden

If you just hopped here from Newton’s Nook Designs and
the Caring Hearts Card Drive,
welcome to Catered Crop!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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The finished size is 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the ingredients.

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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.

Siggy

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Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop

The snow doesn't give a
soft white damn whom it touches.
   ~ e.e. cummings

If you just hopped here from Virginia Lu's place,
welcome to Catered Crop,
the next stop in the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop.

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 met a couple that really plucked my heartstrings.

He was in his early 90s and she was in her late 80s but you really couldn't tell. They both had bright blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and sweet, mischievous smiles. They had been married 72 years, and, except for the years when he served in World War II, they had never been apart.

When she moved into a nursing home, he visited her every day. When he needed long term care himself, he moved into the room across the hall from her. If her alarms went off, he beat the staff to her bedside. They were always together.

Until, that is, circumstances required that he be moved into the locked, secure unit.

Just like snow, loneliness doesn't give a soft white damn who it touches.

I meet people like this dear couple every day who have somehow been separated from their loved ones. That's why I'm so freaky excited to be part of Vera Yates' Caring Hearts Blog Hop.

Inspired by something her Mom said, this is Vera's third year to collect holiday cards for nursing homes all across the country. Last year she collected 3,800. I know we can top that. 

And, there are Prizes!

Lots of Prizes!

Today through Monday, some lucky blog hoppers are going to win prizes from Bella Boulevard, Hero Arts. Lawn Fawn, Avocado Arts, May Arts, Two Peas In A Bucket, and Jennifer McGuire. Gracious.

Just jump onto this Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog 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. You have the whole weekend to blog hop, but be sure to get your comments in before midnight Monday, November 5 (CST).

For a complete list of blog hop participants and prizes, just visit Vera's blog, Ling's Design Studio.

You can get all the important details for how to get your holiday cards to Vera and earn chances for even more prices here: Caring Hearts Card Drive.

Your next stop along the Caring Cards Card Drive Blog Hop
is at Trinh's Cardediem.com.
You're in for a special treat there.

[Edited to add: After reading your comments I realized how sad this story was to all of you without the added knowledge of what the facility was doing to help their situation. I'm sorry to give you such a sad story. So I thought you all might like to know that the facility is working with the gentleman's medications and routines so he can overcome some of the behaviors that placed him in the secure unit. It was difficult for him in the beginning for them to bring his wife to him to visit, but he is adjusting more and able to visit with her twice a day. They have also started bringing him out of the secure unit during the supervised activities, like Bingo. There are miracle workers in the nursing homes that are doing everything they can to keep these two lovely people together. Your holiday cards will help them and other residents like them.]

The big snowflake tag is a Silhouette Cameo cutting file (see below) covered with some course crystal glitter and popped up to fit one of the little snow dudes inside. The crepe paper borders are from Me & My BIG Ideas. I'm sorry I couldn't find a source for you. I snagged these at Archivers (Austin). The snowdudes are Copic colored with chalk cheeks and a little paper piecing.

 

Off you go . . . enjoy the rest of the blog hop.

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