Send ’em over to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children instead so they can be recycled into new cards as part of the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Recycled Card Program!
Actually, all types of greeting cards are accepted, including General Christmas, Religious Christmas, Easter, Birthday, Thank You and All Occasion General Greeting Cards. You can just mail them to directly to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, c/o Recycled Card Program, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, NV 89005.
5″ x 7″ or smaller is the preferred card size and interestingly, they cannot accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greetings cards. Only the card front can be used, so they ask that you please check to be sure that the reverse of the front side is clear of writing, etc.
From the St. Jude’s Ranch website, here is a brief history of the Recycled Card Program for ya:
Over thirty years ago, wishing to show our donors appreciation for making St. Jude’s Ranch for Children possible, the idea was conceived for turning the previous year’s Christmas cards into “new” cards for the coming season. The recipients were so delighted with their unique “thank you,” they requested the children sell them the special cards. And so, the St. Jude’s Ranch Recycled Card Program was born.
Since then, the program expanded to include all occasion greeting cards…just about anything that starts with a used greeting card. People from all over the world have sent us their used cards!
Operated by Kids’ Corp., a program for the children at St. Jude’s Ranch to learn entrepreneurship skills, the children participate in making the new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers receive “green” holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of “going green”.
The ongoing support for the Recycled Card Program has been overwhelming! The Program grew and soon we were receiving over one million cards. We have since redesigned the process to more efficiently manage the increased production from the increased volume and we welcome your submissions!