Cards for Little Hearts is a global card drive, comprised of volunteer craftersdedicated to bringing smiles, hope and encouragement to as many children with congenital heart disease as possible by providing Heart Center staff with handmade cards that are given to patients during their hospitalization. Although it cannot cure congenital heart disease, a simple handmade card can have a significant, positive and lasting impact on heart patients and their families.
a single act of Caring creates an endless Ripples
– author unknown
ABOUT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
WRITTEN BY: DR. KAN N. HOR, PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGISTCongenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect and results in sometimes very complex disease issues that require multiple surgeries and prolonged hospitalizations. The advance in medical care and surgical techniques have improved survival for many of these patients who are born with various forms of congenital heart disease. However, for some congenital heart disease there is no cure and only palliative procedures are able to be performed, which, though imperfect, gives the patients a chance at life. The success of treatment for patients with congenital heart disease has allowed many to become adults. Despite the success, many patients still require many medications, procedures and revisions to improve the prior repairs. For some patients, the only option is to undergo a heart transplant.
Cards for Little Hearts was founded by Christina Hor (pronounced “Hall”) with the assistance of several crafters on November 24, 2016, Thanksgiving Day. The card drive was first launched (formerly known as Hug a Heart) on Christina’s hobby blog with the winter-themed holiday cards collection. During that holiday season, the card drive brought smiles and hope to 171 heart patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In January 2017, Christina launched the second card drive for heart-themed “Thinking of You” cards to celebrate patients during February’s Heart month. Three hundred and sixty-four cards were collected. In November 2017, Cards for Little Hearts’ official website was launched.
HOSPITALS WE CURRENTLY SUPPORT
Currently, we hand delivered the cards to two hospitals in Ohio:
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital Heart Center (Columbus, Ohio)
- The University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio (Congenital Heart Collaborative)
WHO CAN PARTICIPATEAnyone is welcome to help make and send cards – from a young child who loves to doodle to an experienced, acclaimed card maker. Keep the card as simple or as detailed as you like. However, there are a few important guidelines we ask that you follow before making your cards.
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.Julie
It was really kind and considerate. It made me smile.Kayla
It literally made the parents’ day. They commented on how beautiful the cards were and how nice it was for someone to think of them. I had one parent start to cry. She was so touched.Stephanie
I just wanted to reach out and personally thank you for your efforts and beautiful cards. Although not children, our adult patients are still our “babies” and every bit deserving of the special touches. The cards have been used to send a congratulations and thinking of you. I just want to reach out to you and all of those involved in making these beautiful cards to say thank you. Your thoughtfulness is making a difference!Tracey
I would like to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to create such amazing and vivid cards that are so inspirational. I wish you could see the smiles and the impact your cards have on everyone. For many patients it made their day, while for others it went beyond that.Dr. Kan Hor
Meet The Founder
Christina Hor is a mother of three, a card maker and 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 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 and hope 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 and son.