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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.

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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!


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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.

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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.)

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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.

Christmas TreeHappy Holidays everyone!Christmas Tree
Santa ClauseRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerRudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


Distributing cards for the Holiday Card Project at the Denver Colorado Veterans Hospital.
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:iconartg33k74:
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so awesome! I hope you get to help develop art therapy programs. ☺
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
:nod: Me to!
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:iconartg33k74:
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Touch base with them, a phone call is fine, and let them know you are really interested in participating. ☺ A lot of volunteer positions, people say they want to help but do not actually show up or follow through. Don't be afraid to take some initiative since they ran the idea of you helping build programs first. ☺
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Marzipan-x3 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Woah, I see my card!! : D
I have never feel as happy as now! It feels like Christmas again - helping people is amazing! :heart:
Thank You very much for distributing our cards :hug: ...and happy new year, of course! :heart:
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh cool! Which one is yours?
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:iconmarzipan-x3:
Marzipan-x3 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
The green one with red stripes - it's barely visible, but I'm still so happy to see it! :D
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool!
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:iconanimegirlmika:
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's especially cool that they asked you to help with future art programs :D
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
:nod: Should be fun!
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makepictures Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Completely inspiring and validates the power of love. Thanks so much for getting involved.
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the lovely comment. It was a great project to be a part of.
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:iconzemimsky:
zemimsky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually had shivers and tears reading the psychiatric ward bit! :cuddle: thank you for doing what you did! they are humans after all just like us, and they do need a bit of love and care!
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the lovely comment. :hug:
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:iconmusic-drop:
music-drop Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! I can see one of the cards I made! Thank you for distributing them! :huggle:
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem! :hug:
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:iconwonderboltfanrainbow:
Thank you for doing this! It is a great gift to mean something to someone and give them a little joy so now and than in these difficult periodes!:D Carry on!
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww, thanks for the lovely comment. :hug:
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:iconwonderboltfanrainbow:
your welcome :D
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:iconcyntilla:
Cyntilla Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Late as always, but thank you for that post, I was eager to have some news!
You did a great job, thank you!
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Welcome. :hug:
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:iconvoydkessler:
VoydKessler Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool hun! <3 Have a Merry Christmas!
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. You as well! :hug:
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:iconbottled-mermaid:
bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Awesome! :love: Thank you for sharing this experience :)
I'd like to see other Holiday Card Projects next years.

:heart::santa::heart::santa: Merry Christmas!! :heart::santa::heart::santa:
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to note me about them!

If you check out #communityrelations there's a few other writeups from this year as well.
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:iconbottled-mermaid:
bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
thank you! :hug:
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome. :hug:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool! :iconrainbowsqueeplz: That's a wonderful thing you did. I was unable to help out but wish I could have.
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. :hug:
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:love: I think I might spy the corner of the card I sent off but I can't be too sure :giggle:. Also, I completely adore your hair! It looks awesome :D
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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:iconrainylake:
rainylake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet! I'm distributing cards down here in Longmont, CO. :la:
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh very nice! I hope all goes well for you.
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rainylake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope so too. I'm very excited about it. :) Glad to know it went well for you.
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