Hundreds of handmade Christmas cards were delivered around Hope this holiday season, by a team of volunteers.
Each card is a little different. Some are red and sparkly. Some depict a scene from Jerusalem. Others are one-of-a-kind creations made with cutouts, sparkles, and love.
They were all created by volunteers in the gymnasium of the Grace Baptist Church in one afternoon, with the intent of spreading joy across Hope to those who may not otherwise have any. They were sent to places where residents could always use a little more cheer in their lives, those who may not get holiday visitors, and those who would probably just appreciate the simple gesture.
But it was no simple task.
About 20 volunteer card creators gathered around several large tables, all loaded with glue, cut-outs, paper stock, scissors, stamps, stickers and glittery pens. Local artists joined in, armed with many of these supplies that they’d prepared for the group, guiding the volunteers in creating the heartfelt cards.
It’s the third year the group has gathered for the community service, and their goal was to create about 400 cards in total, to be delivered to 73 organizations and individuals around town, including care homes, the hospital, and many more.
It was planned to coincide with International Volunteer Day.
Elizabeth Middleton and Wendy Uyede have been volunteering since the first year, and each were hoping to contribute about a dozen through their efforts in the four-hour card marking marathon.
“There are so many people that might not have family in town,” said Middleton.
“They want to share their hearts with everybody,” said art instructor Pamela McBride. Many will know McBride through her work at The Art Machine, leading classes much like the card-making event.
Everyone worked in conjunction to create the cards, while volunteers also planned out a delivery route.
For those who worked their hands too hard, there was a treat in store. The event, which was planned by the Hope and Area Volunteers, included free hand massages courtesy of Willow Tree Spa Heath and Wellness.
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