Welcome To
CARDS FOR LITTLE HEARTS
Card Drive

What began as one crafter’s wish to bring smiles and comfort to congenital heart patients and their families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with her handmade cards has grown into a card drive with crafters around the globe taking part, bringing smiles to heart patients beyond Columbus, Ohio.  If you love cardmaking and love bringing joy to others with your cards, we invite you to come takes part in Cards for Little Hearts with us.

Collections

here's what we accept

Heart-Themed Cards

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JANUARY

Make cards with heart designs using general sentiments. No Valentine's Day cards please as cards will be distributed throughout the entire February's Heart Month.
See GUIDELINES section below for details.

Winter & Holiday Cards

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OCTOBER

Make cards with winter designs using general sentiments and holiday cards. Keep all holiday cards nonreligious and if possible, use "Happy Holidays".
See GUIDELINES section below for details.

General Cards

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JANUARY - OCTOBER

Send only "Thinking of You", "Hello", and "Just Because" type cards. NO special occasion cards, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Easter cards please.
See GUIDELINES section below for details.

Guidelines

Before You Make

We can only distribute cards that fit the following guidelines.  Please do take a moment and go through them before making your cards.  The overall guidelines are the same whether it’s for heart-themed, winter, holiday or general cards, with exception to the theme design.

  • Anyone can help make and send in cards, including young children.
  • Cards must be HANDMADE. No exception.
  • Theme Design: Make cards for the collection you wish to participate in. We have 3 to choose from: Heart-Themed, Winter/Holiday, and General cards collection.
  • See COLLECTIONS section above for collections date. You may include general cards with the other two collections to save on postage cost.
  • SENTIMENT: Handwritten, stamp, or use computer generated sentiments. Use general sentiments for heart-themed, winter, and general cards. For holiday cards, keep it simply "Happy Holidays" as not all patients celebrate Christmas.
  • CARD FRONT: include a sentiment. Some good sentiments to use are: Hello, Thinking of You, Just Because, Sending Hugs, Sending Smiles Across the Miles, To A Special Child, You are strong.
  • INSIDE: Leave blank unless cards made by a child. Then have the child write a short, sweet message to the patients, signed with his/her first name, state from, and age. Example: "Sending you a big hug!" - Sofia from Ohio, age 6
  • BACK: Can include your full name as well the Cards for Little Hearts' card watermark (see PRINTABLE section). DO NOT include your mailing address, email or phone number. Heart Center staff cannot distribute cards with this information.
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM: Include with your cards so we can notify you upon receipt of your package. See PRINTABLE section.
  • HOW TO PACK: Use a padded envelope or cardboard box to ensure your cards arrive to us in good condition. Do not overstuff. Cards will get bent. To save postage cost on large volume, use a flat rate box when possible.
  • MAIL CARDS TO: Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive | c/o Christina Hor | P.O. Box 517 | Dublin, Ohio 43017 | U.S.A.

Printable

Forms & Badge

Card Acknowledgement Form

Please include with your cards so we have a way of notifying you upon receipt of your package.

Card Watermark

You are welcome to add this 2-inch circle label to the back of your cards. The file contains a single page of 12, 2-inch circle labels. Microsoft Word doc format.

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Meet Christina Hor

Founder & Organizer Behind CFLH

Founder, Organizer, Creative Artist

Christina Hor

Christina Hor (pronounced “HALL”) is a mother of three, a cardmaker, and a self-taught artist who loves to spread joy and kindness to others through handmade cards and arts.  Christina’s journey as a card maker began in December 2006 after she and her husband received a handmade Christmas card from a friend.  In May 2015, Christina joined a group of Heart Center nurses at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to bring comfort to bereaved parents with personalized, handmade baby sympathy cards and discovered the deep impact a handmade card can have on the babies’ families, helping them to grieve in a healthy way.  Wanting to spread smiles to other heart patients and their families at NCH, on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, with the assistance of several fellow crafters, Christina launched the first winter-themed holiday card drive on her hobby blog, ChristinaHorDesigns and Cards for Little Hearts (formerly known as Hug a Heart) was founded.

Christina resides in Ohio with her husband Kan (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), two daughters, son, and Goldendoodle.

Kind Words

from Heart Center Staff

"It was so nice that someone took the time to make cards for our patients and families. They were very detailed and clearly made with love. I hope I will be able to give them out again if more are made in the future." (2016)
Julie
RN, Nationwide Children's Hospital
"It literally made the parents’ day. They commented on how beautiful they were, and how nice it was for someone to think of them. I had one parent start to cry. She was so touched." (2017)
Stephanie
BSN, RN, CPA, H4A Program Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital
"Good morning, Christina! I wanted to thank you for the wonderful cards that your card drive sent for our cardiology patients here at Boston Children’s Hospital! They are truly beautiful cards and will bring a lot of joy this season!" (2019)
Michelle
Boston Children's Hospital

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