This is the time of year when Christmas cards fall about our mailboxes and our countertops and our dining-room tables like so many colorful snowflakes. When the holidays end and you shovel up all those cheerful missives, what do you do with them? I tend to put them in a gift bag and place them in an out-of-the-way spot with the intention of harvesting the return addresses for future card-sending, and there the bags sit untouched until covered by so much dust as to all but disappear.
There's something better to do with old cards than that, though: Send them to St. Jude's Ranch. According to its site, "St. Jude's Ranch for Children serves all abused, abandoned and neglected children and families, creating new chances, new choices and new hope in a safe, homelike environment." Those used cards become a fundraising tool when the children tear off the fronts, attach them to new backs, and sell them in the ranch's recycled card program. Might be a good place to shop for next year's holiday heralds, too.
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