Students craft compassion through Cards for Care

by Ephemia Nicolakis '23, MBA '24 February 01, 2024

Students creating handmade cards in a classroom for Cards for Care QU

When was the last time you wrote a card to someone? At Cards for Care, the lost appreciation for card-writing is being revived.

Founded in 2021 by Sadia Ali ‘23, Cards for Care blossomed out of the hope to brighten people’s days. Especially post-pandemic, Ali wanted to help make sure that people felt less alone.

Cards for Care is a student-run club that makes greeting, holiday, get-well-soon and thank-you cards to donate to various locations – whether a hospital, nursing home, to healthcare workers, school staff teachers and more.

The one goal? To spread positivity, hope and to give thanks to the greater community.

“We hope that the individuals receiving our cards feel a sense of relief from their personal or medical struggles and know that they have someone cheering them on,” said Jenna Farris ‘25.

During each meeting, students make anywhere from 100-150 cards to be donated.

“Cards for Care is important to me because it combines all of my main interests – healthcare, helping others and art,” Farris said. “I have always loved art, whether that be painting, drawing, or coloring, and am on a pre-med track. The fact that I am able to combine these two opposing interests into one unified activity is really special.”

While Cards for Care donates to many different sites, their most recent delivery went to the Southington Care Center, a Hartford Healthcare facility in Connecticut that houses both short-term rehabilitation and nursing care patients as well as long-term care and rehab patients.

To make the experience even more personal, Cards for Care members had-delivered the pre-made cards.

“The patients were really happy to see us and enjoyed picking out their favorite cards to display in their rooms,” Farris said.

Students are encouraged to get involved in Cards for Care and attend their monthly meetings. Those interested in joining can follow @cardsforcare_qu on Instagram.

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