Second life for greeting cards helps

I get so many beautiful cards, but I cannot keep them all. In the past, I had the address of a group that would take them and use them for crafts projects. Is there such a group in this area? Or do you know of anyone who could use them? I really don't want to just toss them.

— Mary, Talent

You know, Mary, an anniversary card could be the ticket out of the doghouse for some of us at Since You Asked headquarters.

But that'd be a different kind of charity.

Schools and retirement centers can sometimes use old greeting cards for art projects, but we found a national organization that can put those old cards to good use. The recycled card program at St. Jude's Ranch for Children, not to be confused with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, recycles and reuses greeting cards in a fundraiser to help underprivileged children.

Children and volunteers of the religious organization remove the front cover from donated cards and attach a new back. The organization sells repurposed Christmas, Easter, birthday, thank-you and all-occasion greeting cards, and they accept used greeting cards for all occasions.

You can fill up a flat-rate box and send your cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, Attn: Donor office, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006-0100.

To make sure the organization can make the most of your donation, you'll want to make sure the backside of the front is clear of any writing. The organization can't use Hallmark, Disney or American Greetings brand cards, and cards 5-by-7 inches in size or smaller are preferred. The organization's website notes that there is increased need for birthday and thank-you cards.

The organization's repurposed cards can be purchased in packs of 10 for $10, plus shipping. You can order cards or get more information by calling 1-877-977-7572, or click "Shop Now" at

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