The boxes and boxes of donated used and unused greeting cards are coming in from everywhere through our Recycling and Reuse Program. They are being sorted between those that go to charities for re-purposing and those that will be sent to a recycling company for pulping. The post office is closed today for Presidents Day but tomorrow we’ll be sending out several box loads of great cards to St. Judes Ranch for Children for re-purposing.
I have to admit that I enjoy looking through the cards received. All the nice embossing and glittering on some of the beautiful cards make me miss the not so long ago holiday season. It is also fun to see where all the cards are coming from, and I can tell you, they are coming from everywhere! We’re not just talking holiday cards either. We’ve received birthday, sympathy, get well and just about every other category imaginable.
Many took the time to remove the signed or personalized portion of the card before they sent them to us which is quite helpful. Many, however, left that special message from Aunt Mary or the signatures of all the company employees but we make sure those go no further. I think re-purposing cards is a great idea. Not just environmentally friendly, they can make lovely gift tags, napkin rings, place mats or any sort of crafty diy project.
We’ve received many boxes that included blank unused envelopes in various sizes and some with personalization printed on them. If you have any suggestions on how envelopes with the flaps removed can be re-purposed, let me know as I’d love to share those ideas and send those partial envelopes on to someone who can make use of them. A big thanks to all those who have sent us your unused cards!