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Holiday Card Project 2013 Wrap-Up

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 11:19 AM




The Holiday Card Project returned in 2013, and it was a total hit! We received over 5,000 cards from 2,000 deviants in more than 60 different countries! A ton of deviants reached out to us, interested in helping to distribute cards to their local hospitals! With these volunteers' help, we distributed cards to 22 hospitals in the US and abroad!

The majority of the hospitals we worked with distributed the cards themselves, either through their own volunteers or by placing cards on the food trays of patients. We received letters of thanks from some hospitals, and a few even shared our cards on their Facebook pages! One thing all of the hospitals and patients had in common: they loved your cards! 

One of our biggest surprises this year came from Bank of America! A deviant who works there got word of our project and told some people around the corporate office, who decided to participate. From there, participation spread to the various Los Angeles branches. By the time the cards were dropped off, Bank of America had collected over 1,000 cards for our project!

wreckling and I had the chance to deliver cards at St. Francis Hospital in Los Angeles! We met with Linda Woo, the Community Affairs Specialist, and she was thrilled that we had thought of St. Francis in our project! We handed out cards in both English and Spanish to the skilled nursing unit, where some patients had been for an extended period of time.

The most touching moment came when wreckling  and I gave a card in Spanish to a woman who didn't understand English named Rosa. It was clear that she had not expected to be given a card she could understand, and was clearly overjoyed when she opened the card and saw "Feliz Navidad" inside. 

Holiday Card Project 1 by madizzlee
Holiday Card Project 2 by madizzlee

As this was a community project, we relied on the help of our community to give out cards around the world! We would not have been able to reach nearly as many hospitals without the help of our volunteers. A big thank you goes out to Lou-in-Canada, miontre, WitTea, Wintella, Ayame-Kenoshi, and GlendaWolfie for handing out cards at their local hospitals! Hug 

Check out some of the photos from their deliveries!

Holiday Card distribution this afternoon by Lou-in-Canada
Holiday Card Project 2 by WitTea
Holiday Card Project 3 by madizzlee
Holiday Card Project 4 by madizzlee
Photo Credit: miontre, Lou-in-Canada, and GlendaWolfie

Ayame-Kenoshi received a huge "Thank You" from the kids at Cleveland Clinic for the cards we gave them!

Cleveland Clinic - Thank You by madizzlee
Credit: Ayame-Kenoshi

I'd also like to thank all of the deviantART staff members who helped sort cards to be sent out: Shyree, Heidi, LaurenKitsunewreckling, danlev, DavidImir, breathemuzik, C1arkKent, and makepictures.

Of course, the biggest "thank you" goes out to all of you, the deviants who created the amazing cards that made so many people's days just a bit brighter! We absolutely could not have had such a successful project without the time and effort that all of you put in. Projects like this just prove that deviantART really is such a special community, and we appreciate every single one of you. 

As we promised, everyone who sent in a card has been given their free one-month Premium Membership! If for some reason you did not receive your subscription, please send me (madizzlee) a note with the following information:

    Bullet; Green Your name
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from

Please note: If you currently have an active Premium Membership, this one-month Premium Membership has been added to your subscription and will take effect once your current Premium Membership expires. 

Once again, thank you so much for making this community project such a success!




The 2013 Holiday Card Project was a total hit! Thanks to the generous contributions of more than 2,000 deviants in over 60 countries, deviantART was able to distribute 5,000 holiday cards to patients in the hospital and lift their spirits during the holiday season.
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avyva Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
If my cards did not get delivered then I did nothing good for anyone.  All the warm fuzzy feeling is gone and I am sick of feeling anxious about whether or not my cards reached any patients.  I will assume from the lack of response to my note almost 2 weeks ago, that my cards were misplaced by someone somewhere along the way.  I don't care about the 1 month premium membership.  It felt good to think someones day might be a little brighter because of one of my cards, it feels pretty shitty to think I felt good about something that may or may not have happened.  I would have loved to do this every year, but it is clear that there is always a huge question mark as to whether or not the cards will make it.  I do not like feeling so in the dark as to whether or not I wasted my time, energy and resources, so I will stick to donating my time and energy in my own community.
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madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   General Artist
Hello! I don't believe I ever received a Note, would you mind sending me one with this information?

    Bullet; Green Your name
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from

That way I can let you know if your card made it! :)

Thanks!
Maddy
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Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Hey, I would also like to know if my card made it. I've send you a Note about this 3 weeks ago, and posted a comment on here about 1 week ago.

Here's the information again:

    Bullet; Green Your name: Sonicsim
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent: December 15
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card: See link: sonicsim.deviantart.com/art/Co…
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from: germany
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madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   General Artist
Hello! We did get it. I'll get you the PM!
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Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Great! Thank you very much!
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Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
PS: It would be nice to at least get a respond.
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avyva Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I have sent you another note.  For full details refer to the note, the following is an abridged version:

    Bullet; Green Name                                - avyva  
    Bullet; Red Approximately when sent   - 1st/2nd of December 2013
    Bullet; Green Description of the cards      - 5 Handmade cards 
    Bullet; Red Sent from                          - outside of the USA                     
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madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   General Artist
You should get the PM soon!
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AGlimpseOfMe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
One of my cards is in the second picture on this journal. That's pretty exciting! :aww: So glad to have been able to help. I think it's amazing that DA does this every year!
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xXMajor-EuphoriaXx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:phew: I was too worried my card hadn't got in in time XD This was a sweet project! I hope to do it again ^.^
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