Recycled Card Program | St. Jude’s Ranch

Recycled Card Program | St. Jude’s Ranch.

If you are looking for a way to put your used holiday cards to good use we suggest

 

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles your used greeting cards and creates new holiday and greeting cards for any occasion. Recycled cards are sold in packs of 10 for $10 to support our programs and services.

 

The program is beneficial to everyone – customers receive fun, “green” holiday cards they can feel good sending to their friends and loved ones, and the children at St. Jude’s Ranch receive payment for their work and learn about basic job skills and the importance of recycling.

 

Recycled Card Program History

 

More than thirty years ago, wishing to show our donors appreciation for making St. Jude’s Ranch for Children possible, the idea was conceived to turn the previous year’s Christmas cards into “new” cards for the coming season. The recipients were so delighted when they received the unique “thank you,” that they requested to purchase the special cards. The program soon expanded to include all occasion greeting cards…as well as Thank You cards, Easter cards, Birthday cards and Just Because cards.

 

Support for the Recycled Card Program was so overwhelming that people from all over the world began donating to our program by sending in their used cards. The Program became so successful that soon we were receiving more than 1 million cards.

 

How it Works

 

Operated by Kids’ Corp., a program for the children at St. Jude’s Ranch to learn entrepreneurship skills, the children participate in making the new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by children and volunteers.

 

NOTE: We currently have an increased need for both Birthday and Thank You card submissions.

 

To Purchase Child-Created Greeting Cards:

 

Call: (877) 977-SJRC (7572)

 

OR

 

Send your request and donation to:
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
ATTN: Donor Office
P.O. Box 60100
Boulder City, NV 89006-0100

 

Cards are sold in packets of 10 for $10.00 and are available in the following categories:

 

  • General Christmas Cards
  • Religious Christmas Cards
  • Easter Cards
  • Birthday Cards
  • Thank You Cards
  • All Occasion General Greeting Cards

 

To Donate Cards:

 

Year round, we happily accept used all-occasion greeting cards. Please review the following tips before sending in your donation.

 

Card Donating Tips:

 

  • All types of greeting cards, including Christmas are accepted.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
  • We can not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards
  • 5″ x 7″ size or smaller is preferred
  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use the United States Post Office in a Flat Rate Box (available at the Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds
  • Mail donations to :
    St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
    Recycled Card Program
    100 St. Jude’s Street
    Boulder City, NV 89005

 

Thank you!

Winter Storm Warning for the Tri-State

High Wind Advisory for the NY area.

High Wind Advisory for the NY area.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for parts of New York and New Jersey from Wednesday afternoon until late Thursday morning,

The storm could bring four to six inches of snow in some areas north and west of New York City. Other areas could see sleet and freezing rain.

Areas outside of the snow bands could see up to 3 inches of rain.

Winds will also be an issue. High wind warnings are also posted for most of the tristate region. Gusts could hit 50 miles per hour.

Dangerous travel conditions are expected Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.

Much further upstate could see more than 15 inches of snow from the storm.

Some airlines were waiving change fees for people trying to change their flights to get out of New York ahead of the storm.

Three to five inches of snow is expected in the mid-Hudson Valley after precipitation begins late Wednesday night, possibly changing to freezing rain on Thursday.

 

Before a Storm Hits:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know where to shelter (ie: basement, interior room/hall, bathroom, closet, etc) if conditions warrant and where shelters in your area are located.
  • Ensure your home is ready – Elevate items in the basement which could be flooded. Bring in outdoors items such as children’s toys, patio furniture, garbage cans, etc which could be blown around and damaged. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • For weather  alerts and updates click here

How to Unplug (but Stay Connected)

Damon Gersh in an interview with Citibank talks about the benefits of unplugging.

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Why it’s better for you and your business for you to work less

Maxons Restorations, a full-service disaster cleanup firm, has been tapped to do everything from clean St. Paul’s Church after 9/11 to restore pricey Persian rugs and irreplaceable artwork for individuals. By nature, it’s a high-pressure, always-on-call business—yet CEO Damon Gersh has found ways to lead his award-winning company while going in to the office just two or three days a week. He shares how his thinking and work habits have evolved over the years:

“You gotta wanna.” If you’re going to unplug, the first thing you need to do is to acknowledge the desire to do it.

When you first start a business, it’s easy to feed on the adrenaline. I took almost no vacations; I was on call 24/7. But I began to feel trapped. It’s the typical story of entrepreneurs: You start a business for the independence, then it becomes a golden cage of your own making.

Often, a life-changing event like a marriage, a death in the family, or a divorce provides a catalyst. For me, it was when our first child, my son, was born in 1999. I realized I wanted to be there for my kids, to be at every recital and baseball game I could possibly be at. I clarified my priorities: For me, the foundation of everything is having a loving wife, children, and close relationships.

But I believe you can have your cake and eat it, too. I love my business—we help people, it’s cool, and it’s inherently dramatic and exciting. Why would I throw that away? So what I’ve tried to do is not disconnect, but create a little bit of space from it.

“You gotta see it if you wanna be it.” You need to get a little distance to develop a plan. Carve out time away, even if just for a day, to clarify what your vision is for your relationship with your business. What would bring inner homeostasis? For some, getting an extra hour each day might do it. For others, it might be working from home five days a week. What does it look like for you?

While I was searching for this answer, I heard a talk by Michael Gerber, author of The E-Myth, that helped me clarify my goals. I realized that I wanted to build an organization that was about the brand and its systems and process, rather than a cult of personality where my presence was required.

Create a vision, then take small steps to make it happen. After my son was born, I decided to take off every other Friday. That seemed to me to be a step in the right direction without completely upending my work schedule. After my daughter was born two years later, I began to take off every Friday.

Reinvent your management style. If you don’t want to be at the office all the time, create metrics to measure performance. Develop a manual so people consistently deliver service in a way that meets your standards. Write it down!

Create a leadership team to run the day-to-day aspects of the business. Do the hardest thing there is for an entrepreneur, which is to let someone else make decisions. This change takes time; empowering people is a strategy I’ve been working on for 20 years. What helps us is that we have a clear company mission, vision, and values. I’ve told people, if a decision isn’t the ideal decision, but you can justify it by our mission and values, I will never second-guess you.

Of course, none of this works unless you hire good people. And one thing I’ve never let go of is having the final word on hires.

Set email expectations. I realized I was wasting a lot of time in the office. For example, why should I commute and sit there doing email, when I could easily do email from home?

So Monday became my work-at-home day for writing, reading, and doing emails, and I get so much more done without drop-in interruptions. People in the office know that if something is urgent, they should identify it as such, and I’ll get back to them right away. Otherwise, they can expect to hear a response from me on Monday. I do have an iPhone and I do monitor it, but I’ve found that fewer than 10 percent of emails require an immediate response.

My leadership team knows that if something big happens, I’m a phone call away. But they know the call has to be important, otherwise I’m going to say, “Why are you calling me about this? Make a decision!”

Stay connected with regular meetings. We have a sales conference call every Monday morning, and I’m on that. In the office, we have huddles every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30, which typically last about 30 minutes. We discuss action items, review metrics, discuss issues, and plan follow-up. We have full staff meetings every quarter, and every quarter our leadership team visits each of our regional offices. And this is all planned out for the entire year.

Dig up your old dreams. When you talk about unplugging, it’s not just about getting away from the computer, but feeling alive, having a sense of adventure and passion.

What were the dreams you had as a kid? For me, one thing I wanted was to be a rock star. About six years ago, I developed a goal to perform live before people, just once, even if it was in some crappy little bar. I mentioned it to a friend, and he had a friend who played keyboard, and on it grew. Now I’m in a band, Rock Steady, that’s played live 50 times.

What kind of life do you want to be living? Just by visualizing it and articulating it, at some level a momentum is created where you start giving light and life to those ideas.

The Clean Up Continues

One month after being clobbered by the largest storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic, Maxons is still hard at work cleaning up and restoring our customers homes, offices, school, churches, etc.

Here are a few pictures of our work in progress.

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Holiday Season Safety Tip

“Please remember during this holiday/winter season to unplug all trees when you go to sleep or leave your home.  Also remember to keep all portable heaters away from any items that they can catch fire too, such as bedding and curtains.  Most fire’s occur during this season from heaters that have been left unattended and from tree’s that have been left unattended and plugged in.”

Submitted by Talisha Germain, Project Coordinator