Volunteers needed to make greeting cards
Families and groups interested in sharing their holiday spirit with others are encouraged to decorate greeting cards for The Holiday Project.
Volunteers can arrange to deliver their homemade cards to residents at local nursing homes or community centers through Volunteer Houston Bay Area or drop them off at 1300-A Bay Area Boulevard so that others can deliver them.
Some tips from Volunteer Houston Bay Area on making greeting cards:
In order to encourage creativity, very few guidelines are imposed on the making of Holiday Project handmade greeting cards.
The cards may be almost any size, and the media used can be as simple as colored markers available at almost any grocery or drug store. Some people use combinations of media such as markers, rubber stamps, images cut from used or surplus store-bought greeting cards, cut-out computer-generated images, pasted bits of ribbon or felt, etc.
Here are a few general suggestions on other matters:
Ideally the cards should be able to stand up if placed on a table, nightstand, etc.
Please don't use glitter-on-glue. The glitter tends to get all over everything. However, pre-mixed "Glitter Glue" (such as is made by Crayola) is fine.
Sentiments that imply that the recipients' circumstances are less than ideal (e.g., "Cheer Up!", "You are not forgotten", etc.) should be avoided.
Greetings should be generic so that they can be appropriate to almost anyone. (For example, a Christmas card that says "Merry Christmas" on the front and "Wishing you all the joy of the season" inside would be fine. More specific religious content should probably be avoided however.
Please don't enclose or attach candy to the cards. (Logistically speaking, it's usually not practical for the visit-volunteers to separate out such cards and determine which recipients are permitted to have candy.)
It's preferable that the cards not be in envelopes. (Some of the recipients suffer from advanced arthritis or other conditions that make the simple act of removing a card from an envelope quite difficult.)
Please don't put a date on the cards. (We occasionally have a surplus of cards for a given occasion, in which case we simply pack up the excess cards and use them for the same holiday the next year.)
Cards may be signed by the persons making them, but they don't have to be. (When they are left unsigned, we have the volunteers making the visits sign them.) Any signature should probably include just the signer's first name.
Volunteer Houston Bay Area matches individuals and groups with volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations that need help to carry out their mission. Call 281-282-6035 or visit www.volunteerhouston.us/bay/ for more information.
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