The Holiday Card Project is a project conducted by deviantART to collect holiday cards from deviants around the world to be distributed to different hospitals and bring a little holiday cheer to the people in those hospitals. This year I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this project in a major way: handing out cards to a local Denver Colorado area hospital. I choose to hand the cards out at my local Veterans hospital and was lucky enough to have picked a hospital with an incredibly friendly volunteer department that was more than willing to let me come hand out cards.
The cards arrived in two bundles, though one broke open. There some freaking amazing cards and artwork in both bundles. You guys are all amazing for making such great cards!
I took the cards out of their bundles and put them in gift bags to keep them sorted and make them easier to hand out. The bag on the left has all the Christmas cards and the two little bags have the non-specific holiday cards.
I've had this toy bag sitting around for awhile and I figured it would be a fun way to bring the cards to the hospital. Cute felted reindeer are always fun, right?
When I got to the hospital I was given a bit of a run around because the volunteer coordinator wasn't there for some reason, but thankfully I was able to get things figured out and get the cards handed out to lots of people! When I got there they asked if I was comfortable handing out cards in the locked psychiatric wards because the men and women there rarely get charitable donations and holiday visitors aside from family due to the nature of the area. I was perfectly fine with it though, and happy to hand out cards to them! But, because it was the locked psychiatric ward, I was not able to bring my camera in and thus didn't get as many photos as I had intended. I did get some when I visited the nursing home/inpatient center though! (Also, I apologize for the bad quality, my camera is old.)
All in all this was a great experience and I loved doing it. The veterans loved all the cards and were amazed that they had come from all over the world. They were very grateful to receive them.
After I handed out the cards the lady I was working with, who is part of the therapy department, asked if I would be willing continue working with the hospital in the future to help them develop some art therapy programs, so I'll probably be coming back to this hospital more in the future.