At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy by helping our customers live creatively. This is by no means an original idea. Since the first greeting cards were made and exchanged back in the 15th century, the making and giving of handmade cards has been the mission of a long line of creative people who intentionally share joy through the creation of these little bits of happiness. Those of you who make and share cards can certainly attest that it brings great joy to put a smile on someone's face with a work that you created by your own hands.
And so in keeping with our mission we launched our Share Joy campaign in July 2013. Our first phase provided hospital chaplains with handmade cards of encouragement and celebration that they can give to patients and their families. After just 6 weeks we collected over 600 cards from generous cardmakers around the world! Eric Johnson, Director of Spiritual Care at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, recently shared about the impact of our Share Joy campaign on one group of people in particular. Click here to read his letter.
For the second phase of our Share Joy campaign we chose to work with two organizations serving the homeless: Union Rescue Mission (Los Angeles) and Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (Des Moines). Jon and Taylor have been personally involved with each of these organizations over the last ten years. As a result, they have witnessed the powerful difference handmade cards can make in the lives of homeless youth and adults. Birthday cards, in particular, are very meaningful as Jon found out when working for Union Rescue Mission. To read about his experience, click here.
In March 2015 we launched the third phase of our Share Joy campaign in which we are partnering with the Spiritual Care Department of the Unity Point Health System in Des Moines. In the course of their work providing support to families whose loved ones pass away while in their care, the Spiritual Care team discovered that sending cards to families significantly improves their ability to grieve in healthy ways. Words of love and encouragement make a deep impact when they come on a hand-crafted card, so to assist the Spiritual Care team in their work we have committed to providing them with as many Thinking of You cards as they need.
Over 2000 Thinking of You cards have already been donated for the third phase of this campaign, which is amazing! And yet, we are in need of more. To participate in our Share Joy campaign please donate your hand-made Thinking of You cards using the guidelines below.
Guidelines for Card Donations:
1. Size: A2 cards only (finished size 4.25" x 5.5"). No envelopes necessary.
2. Inside of Card: If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a light colored piece of cardstock to the inside of the card so that hand-written notes will be easier to read. Please do not write or stamp inside the cards.
3. Theme: Thinking of You (adult). Including the "Thinking of You" sentiment on your cardfront is optional.
4. TE stamps are NOT required to participate.
5. No large embellishments. Additional postage is required for mailing thick envelopes so please keep embellishments small and flat.
Attn: Share Joy
121 SE Shurfine Drive Suite 3
Ankeny, Iowa 50021
Thank you to all who have donated to our Share Joy campaigns. We are grateful and amazed by your generosity!
We love to share what our customers are creating, so we'll be keeping an eye out for any cards that do use TE stamps or dies. Your card could be featured on the Taylored Expressions homepage, blog, or newsletter!