Donate Old Holiday Cards

This post is a part of A Greener Christmas Guide, a series of posts dedicated to celebrating the holidays with a lighter impact on the earth. For more of this series, please visit A Greener Christmas Guide.

As we prepare to pack up our ornaments and Christmas decorations, a lot of things can be saved for next year.  But what about all those Christmas cards we received?

One of our fabulous readers, Christy, has just the solution for recycling our cards.  She says:

A few years ago I learned about a neat way to recycle Christmas (and birthday, etc) cards. I cut them in half, and still toss the backs of the cards in the recycle bin, but I send the card fronts to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, where children with cancer use them to make new cards, which are sold and the profits go back to St. Jude’s.


What a great idea, huh?  St. Judes is accepting old cards until February 28, 2009.  Just pop them in an envelope and mail them to:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Card Recycling Program
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

You can also check out their website to order some of these re-crafted cards.  For an $8.00 donation, you get 10 cards for just about any holiday.  Wow.  Easter is already coming.

Thank you for the fabulous green tip, Christy!

Now what about all of you?  Do you have a fantastic way we can reuse old holiday cards instead of dropping them in the trash?  Please share one and all!  Every little bit helps, after all.

(Image by bhg)