Homemade Cards

Who doesn’t love receiving an unexpected letter in the mail? Nothing beats the surprise of receiving a personalized letter. 

Recipient ideas:

  • Children’s hospitals, nursing homes, foster kids, mental health patients, refugees, past/current soldiers, homeless shelters, etc.

  • Or, if you aren’t comfortable writing to a stranger, you could always write an appreciative letter to grandparents, any aunts/uncles, parents, a close friend, siblings, etc.

Some Tips:

  • Consider the audience—think about what would be appropriate to include, as well as what should reasonably be avoided.

  • Consider the purpose—devise a plan for the kind of message you intend to get across. Whatever the overall message may be, the theme should stay positive and uplifting.

  • Consider the medium—handwritten is always ideal, but this is not required. Determine if colors or drawings are appropriate to add. Depending on your chosen recipient group, additional colors/art could be a great way to brighten their day!

  • Consider the layout—the card should be sincere and made with care. Keep it neat and uncluttered, but don’t forget to add unique elements to personalize it!

Meals on Wheels Opportunities


  • An extra surprise for a recipient of the meal program

  • Decorate with markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, etc.

  • laminate if possible

  • NO loose elements (i.e. glitter, powder, chalk, + similar mediums)

Paper Lunch Bags

  • It’s super easy and fun to get started

  • The only materials needed include, your-choice of art supplies to decorate with, and at least one paper lunch bag to decorate

  • It’s a fun and simple way to brighten someone else’s day, as well as to add lively colors so as to uplift recipients’ moods with every decorated bag 

  • Again, NO loose elements (glitter, powder, chalk, etc.)

No-Sew Blankets

  • No-sew blankets are super simple and take hardly any time to make

  • Many programs exist solely to provide blankets to people who need them

  • Donate to foster children, homeless/impoverished individuals, hospitalized children, and numerous other communities