Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
Thank you to everyone who sent us their used holiday cards. We collected over 500 and will be sending them to St Jude’s tonight.
It is never to late to send in your cards. For more information go to http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/
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)
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:
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:
As a Project Manager with a damage restoration company, I see a lot of basements with mold issues. All basements are prone to elevated humidity which can lead to mold growth.
Cement walls transpire moisture and humid air is heavier than dry air. Therefore, nearly all basements are predisposed to elevated humidity in the summertime which can lead to mold growth.
If you do have a basement you should be running a dehumidifier set at 55% during the summer months. This will lower the humidity and minimize mold growth. The fan should be set to high and placed in an area that allows good circulation to as much of the basement as possible. You will be surprised at how often your machine fills up.
PS – This is condensed water and good for watering plants.
~Submitted by Kevin Faller, Senior Project Manager
Over the weekend I helped a family member move, we were running out of liquor stores to beg for boxes from, but luckily they had been using a site called freecycle.org for years and we found a few posts of people in the area getting rid of moving boxes. We also ran out of bubble wrap, posted that we needed some, and got a few hits back of people who could spare some. It was awesome! Things that would have cost us quite a bit at a store we were able to collect quickly, easily and for free in their neighborhood!
I had never used the site before this weekend, however, I have since gone on and checked out postings in my local area. It is a really great concept, both to get rid of quality items you no longer need, as well as to help people or companies that are low on funds to collect items they do need. I saw a few postings from schools looking for school supplies, people looking for baby clothes, and people offering up items like couches and book shelves. In the city it is easy to see the amount of furniture trashed as people move, it is right there on the sidewalk for you to trip over, but I think this is a great site that could help all of us eliminate waste as well as get stuff to those who need it!
Next time you do a closet clean out, or are on the hunt for something, take a look at freecycle.org.
~Contributed by Kelley Dolan, Director of Human Resources/Facilities
Many every day items in both our homes and offices require special procedures for disposal. NYC occasionally hosts events where you can dispose of these items safely.
I am going to take a few items I have on hand; a few computer peripherals, batteries and lightbulbs. Look at the link below for the events near you and take the opportunity to safely dispose of some of these items.
~Submitted by Kelley Dolan, Director of HR/Facilities
Cars today save a lot of fuel compared to years ago, but a lot of it has to do with how you use your vehicle. One easy way to save is to cut out “warm up” time; a car today doesn’t need a long warm up. Instead of letting the car idle; for the first few minutes drive soft with no hard acceleration or high-speed driving.
Another good way to conserve is to keep an eye on the traffic and signals. Why press on that gas pedal when the light is red or traffic is stopped? Coasting to a stop saves fuel and brakes over time.
And always consider a stay-cation or use mass transit for travel. With the cost of gas it could be cheaper to take trips closer to home. Keep an eye on local town and city web sites or mass transit web sites, they often offer local tourism deals!
So use common sense in driving, avoid long idling and drive a little slower. If possible drive off hours to avoid traffic and keep that car tuned and your tires up to pressure.
My own personal example of this was a trip to Florida last year. By planning I was able to increase my fuel efficiency from 24 MPG to 32 MPG. I saved roughly $41 per 1,000 miles and produced less pollution.
Contributed by Bob Held, Field Operations Manager.