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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 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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:iconavyva:
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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:iconmadizzlee:
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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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   General Artist
Hello! We did get it. I'll get you the PM!
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:iconshadow-n-light:
Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Great! Thank you very much!
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:iconshadow-n-light:
Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
PS: It would be nice to at least get a respond.
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:iconavyva:
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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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   General Artist
You should get the PM soon!
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:iconaglimpseofme:
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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xXSomeRandomDudeXx 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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:iconcelmationprince:
CelmationPrince Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gee, I'm Glad to be a Part of this, I sure Hope Everyone Examined my Holiday Card Piece I've Made Up.
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Greyfaerie4 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
:D
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:icondulcamara77:
dulcamara77 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I'm happy you got my cards on time! <3

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:iconneko-productions:
neko-productions Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I'm glad I was able to take part in this! <3
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:iconjordanbanks:
jordanbanks Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I loved doing this!
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:iconalwaysreadinggirl:
AlwaysReadingGirl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I missed D: I took  part in it last year and it was so awesome ;n; I'll be paying more attention this year, I must take part in it this time!
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:iconmilbisous:
milbisous Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I did not receive my dA one month free membership. I know it because my subscription expiration date is Jan 10, 2016, before  I  sent out my Holiday Project card and until now it remains the same.

   Bullet; Green Your name : Milbisous
    Bullet; Red Approximately when your card was sent : the first week of December 2013
    Bullet; Green A one sentence description of your card : The dA printed card of my own artwork.
    Bullet; Red Where you sent it from: Humboldt county, CA, USA
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
Hello! 

We did receive your card. We'll make sure to get you the Premium Membership!

Thanks!
Maddy
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:iconshadow-n-light:
Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Did you get my message too? I wrote a pm to you about 2 weeks ago as I didn't get my Premium Membership yet.
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:iconmilbisous:
milbisous Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thank you.
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:iconfightersdream:
FightersDream Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
5,000 holiday cards? My hope in humanity is back again! Me and my little sister were happy to send one too!
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:iconmaryshaa:
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student
I want to say to the organizers of that I greatly respect them and thank you! what you did - a good deal! Thank you engaged in this business. You brought happiness to other people despite the pre-holiday romp that was (probably) and your families too! You are great! CURSE YOU! 
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
Hug 
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:iconmijouji:
Mijouji Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I'm so glad this project turned out to be successful. Hope the cards bring smiles and warmth to their hearts. :)
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:iconrockitqeen:
RockItQeen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great news!  Glad to hear it :)  Would also love to help distribute cards in Michigan later this year, if you need help in the area then, BTW!!
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:iconreixma:
Reixma Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I ma so pleased I took part in this! ^_^~x
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:iconturbotastique:
Turbotastique Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you release this kind of project for 2014?
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:iconharleywolf77:
Harleywolf77 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
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:iconstringtone:
Stringtone Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Really sweet :)
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:iconbloodify:
bloodify Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS slay mama!!!
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:iconmackintrioink:
MackinTrioInk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so fantastic!!! :)
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:iconnafsi-chan:
Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God, when I saw the photos with the children I was almost ready to cry! Oh man, this was an amazing and happiness-giving project!!
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:iconwhimandwonder:
whimandwonder Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for doing this project! And thank you for the premium membership :)
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:iconi-am-who-iam:
i-am-who-iam Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
if this was posted this week and the holidays are over, why is it still being promoted? :-/
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
We posted this so everyone could see how the project went!
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:iconaero-dragon:
Aero-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a wonderful service project. Thank you for holding it!
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:iconyoshiro-kun:
Yoshiro-kun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i sent a note about the premium membership. when will i get feedback?
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
I sent you a note back today! :)
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:iconmangakido:
Mangakido Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks DA for doing this Card Project. :)
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:iconjustturtle:
Justturtle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for organizing this service project. I enjoyed knowing that I could bring a smile to someone's face by doing what I like to do.
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:iconleonidas666:
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a great project and I loved to be a part of it. Thank you guys!!!
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:iconlemz7kazama:
lemz7kazama Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student General Artist
It's so heart warming I hope I could join next year. :iconsmile--plz:
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:iconsassycat2:
Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Whew, glad you got my card. Sent it in pretty late :D
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:iconarieleya:
Arieleya Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
was happy to participate, great event!
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:iconhangtran-kuu:
hangtran-kuu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Great event! So happy that I could join <3
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:iconhoochhound:
HoochHound Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 owo glad I could help!
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:iconsolitae:
Solitae Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy I have got a chance to participate in this project! I have sent 8 cards with different pictures and words and it was really interesting for me to make somebody smiling. Few years ago I stayed for Christmas in hospital too so I know how hard it can be.
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
Hey there! 

So we can get you the Premium Membership for participating, could you send me this info? :D

    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
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:iconsolitae:
Solitae Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! 
I did it for having fun and I really wanted to help people.
It's my small present from Ukraine (:
These days I don't need PM. I can watch more than 20 pictures per page, that's all what I need for being happy (:
But thank you very much for this nice project! I like it very much and want to send next time more colourful cards! This year we will make cards together (me and my friends). Maybe I make evenly hand-made cards (:
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:iconzafic:
zafic Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOW BEAUTIFULEren Yeager (Fear) [V6] everyone who helped in this are greatBard Emoticons 
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