Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Send Love Today

Like a lot of women, I am definitely into crafts.  Painting, sculpting, sketching, gluing, sewing-- you name it, I love it!  One of my favorites has to be card making.  I started about a year and a half ago and was immediately addicted.  I made so many birthday and holiday cards that I soon started making and sending "no reason cards", just to let loved ones know I was thinking of them.  While I'm sure it was appreciated, I really wanted to do something more with the cards.  I started browsing around online, looking for small shops where I could sell them.  Before I could, I stumbled upon a great website, a volunteer community called Send Love Today

Send Love Today is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization which was founded in 2005.  Their main goal is to send uplifting cards to people with brain tumors.  The idea is to just brighten someone's day, to lift their spirits for just a small moment.  This organizations was created by Linda Thomas and Sandi Mueller.  From the website:

Linda Thomas and Sandi Mueller formed the idea for Send Love Today (SLT) after the tragic death of Linda’s husband, Stacy L. Thomas (SLT).  Stacy fought brain cancer for two and a half years before it took his life in January 2004.  Throughout his illness, Sandi and other family members sent cards to Stacy as a form of love and encouragement.  Stacy began to look forward to receiving these cards, and they became the bright spots in his otherwise pain-filled life.  When Stacy passed away, it became extremely important to Linda to make something positive come out of this tragedy.   Thus, Linda and Sandi developed the idea for Send Love Today, which is a volunteer-based program meant to bring some amount of joy to brain tumor patients in the form of homemade cards and small gifts.

I immediately signed up and have been sending cards ever since.  I have formed great bonds with the people that I mail to, and have become so proud to be a part of this group.  You don't have to be Martha Stewart to sign up.  It's a great way to get started with card making.  I loved doing it with my daughter, who is 4.  We talk about what we're doing, and the people we are doing it for.  It is a real bonding experience, and I think it helps her see that we can do nice things for other people without motivation for something in return.

This is an absolutely amazing organization, and I would be delighted if you would check out their website and maybe even sign up to send a few cards.  It's really easy to get started, and I think you will love the feeling you get from creating, sharing, and making a difference. 

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