Winter-Theme & Holiday Card Guidelines

Collection Date: October 1st - November 1st


Holiday is a season of giving and time spent with family.  But for the many children with congenital heart disease, holiday means time spent inside a hospital room.  But knowing that someone is thinking of them makes the children’s holiday brighter.  So during the holiday season, let us all come together and give the children the greatest gift of all, the gift of hope and encouragement, all wrapped up inside a sweet handcrafted winter or Happy Holiday card with love.


Anyone is welcome to help make and send in cards – from a young child who loves to doodle to an experienced, acclaimed card maker.  However, before getting started, please do take a moment to review the guideline below.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Christina.


For self-help information, please do check the FAQ page.  Thank you for your consideration in making a gift donation of handmade cards!


Types of Cards Accepting


  • Cards MUST be handmade

Only Accepting The Following Cards:

  • Winter-Themed design cards using general and/or winter related sentiments (see Sentiment Suggestions List section below for inspirations).
  • Season Greetings cards and Happy Holiday cards.  [Please keep holiday cards non-religious specific.  No religious symbols. No Hanukkah and Kwanzaa cards]
  • “Merry Christmas” cards are acceptable.  But if possible, we encourage using “Happy Holiday” or make a few extra cards to say “Happy Holiday” as not all the patients & their family celebrate Christmas.  It also helps make it so much easier for the staff to distribute out the cards.


Keep cards fun and cheerful.  Use happy color.

AGE GROUP NEED CARDS FOR:  ages 1 – college grad.

CARD SIZE: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (A2), 5″x7″ and square cards no larger than 5″x5″

SENTIMENT ON FRONT OF CARD: use winter-related sentiment, holiday-related sentiment or general sentiment. IMPORTANT – Check to make sure that the sentiment is suitable for patients.  (see Sentiment Suggestions List section below for examples)

INSIDE OF CARD: depending on WHO is making the card…

Card made by a child:  have the child signs the inside with his/her first name, city and age.  Example: Love, Sofia from Ohio, age 4.   Include a short message too if he/she wants to (this will make the patient receiving the card feel like he/she is receiving a sweet card from a pen-pal).

Card made by an adult – leave inside blank.  The staff will be writing a personal message to each child before signing.

If using dark colored paper card base, do please adhere a white or light color piece of paper to the inside to make it easier for patients to read the message from the staff.

BACK OF CARD (OPTIONAL):  You may include your full name (or nickname).  If you like, you may also download our card labels and adhere them to your cards along with your name.  Please do not include any other personal (as well business) information such as email, mailing address or phone number.  Hospital staff will not be able to distribute cards with these information.

pack & Mail your cards

MUST INCLUDE Card acknowledge form with your cards so we have a way of notifying you that your cards been received.  

DO NOT INCLUDE ENVELOPES.  We will be packing the cards individually into clear bag to keep them protected.

Use cardboard box, padded envelope or clear crystal box to ensure that your cards arrive to us undamaged.

Christina Hor
c/o Cards for Little Hearts
P.O. Box 517
Dublin ~ Ohio 43017

What NOT Acceptable

We CANNOT accept the following…

  • cards with religious symbols or religious sentiments like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.  Otherwise, you can use practically any winter and holiday images/sentiments.
  • Halloween, Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Easter cards, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
  • Get Well or Feel Better Soon cards or anything that would remind the patients of being sick
  • cards made from recycling store bought cards
  • cards with loose glitters (but okay to use are wink of stella, glitter pen/markers/tape, embossing powders, glitter drops and glitter papers)

For health safety of the children, we are unable to accept cards made in a smoking environment.


Sentiment Suggestions List

Here are some sentiment suggestions for you.  General sentiments can be use on any of the three collections.

General Sentiments

  • Sending you smiles across the miles
  • Hugs and love to you
  • Hello there!
  • Thinking of you
  • To someone very special
  • To A Very Special Kid!
  • YOU are amazing!
  • Wonderful and amazing YOU
  • Sending Hugs
  • Sending You Happy Mail
  • I thought of you today
  • You are out of this world!

Winter/Holiday Related Sentiments

  • Warm winter hugs
  • Sending you warm wishes this winter season
  • Happy Holiday
  • May you have a wonderful holiday
    Sending you hugs and love this holiday
  • Like a snowflake, you are one of a kind
  • You are snow-mazing!
  • Season’s tweeting!

Hi! I’m Christina

Founder of Cards for Little Hearts.  On behalf of the heart patients and their families, thank you for considering giving a gift of handmade cards and sharing a piece of your heart with them.  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.  Our cards represent the love that these children are receiving and assure them they are not alone.  When they feel that love, it gives them hope, lifting their spirits and inspiring strength to continue fighting to get better.  We are tremendously grateful for the generosity and support from card makers around the world for taking part in Cards for Little Hearts and hope that you too can join us.  Thank you for stopping by!


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9 A.M. - 9 P.M. (Mon-Fri)

2019 Closing Dates (No Collection):

March 22nd - March 31st
June 27th - July 4th
July 28th - August 5th
November 27th - December 31st

Parcels Pickup Day

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Mailing Address
Christina Hor
c/o Cards for Little Hearts
P.O. Box 517
Dublin, Ohio 43017