This post was sponsored by Hallmark. I received free cards and stamps in order to give this review. All opinions are 100% my own. And all cards were sent with love though furnished by Hallmark. Enjoy!
Since I was a little girl, I have loved receiving mail. And, specifically, I loved getting mail from my father. He would send me postcards from different parts of the country as he drove through them in his semi-truck. In fact, he regularly sent postcards to my first grade classroom, taking a stuffed bear with him as his mascot and traveling buddy, and shared all about their grand adventures. I also remember receiving mail from pen pals (that I’ve since lost touch of), and classmates inviting me to birthday parties. Plus, I always loved getting cards for my birthday: there was usually money inside!
Despite no longer being a little girl, I still love to receive mail. I love getting packages from friends who are sending me something for my kids. And my little girls love getting mail that is addressed to them now too! My father, who is still driving truck, now sends postcards to my daughters. And they love getting them! Mail is just a special thing that connects people. It’s different from emails and evites and electronic pictures. When someone takes the time to send something in the mail, you know that they care about you. You know that they care enough to spend money (or time) on a card as well as that measly $0.46 for a stamp in order to make you feel special. It’s part of the reason our family loves to send out physical Christmas cards each year.
Hallmark Get Carded Campaign
That’s why I am so excited that to share about Hallmark‘s Get Carded Challenge. Hallmark sent me 10 cards, plus lots of stamps, so that I could write and send out cards. The challenge was to pick one card and one new recipient each day and send them a card. At first, it was hard knowing who to send cards too, especially since we just got done sending out our Christmas cards. So, I tried to think about who would like or need them the most right now. So, we sent cards to those who are “under the weather” for the time being – my father-in-law who is currently recovering from knee surgery, Josh’s aunt who will soon have knee surgery, and my old Sunday School teacher who has cancer. We then sent cards to my oldest sister, and to my husband’s sister, and one of my brothers, because we love them (and my sister has been good about sending out lots of cards through the years). I also sent a ‘Thank You’ card (separate from this campaign) to the brother we just visited for Christmas. And finally we sent a card to my old Seminary teacher and his family.
My daughters were so excited about writing the cards. I let them sign the card to their grand-père and put stickers and stamps on the envelopes. They also put the cards in the mailbox with me.
And I have to say, the responses I’ve heard back from some of the people I sent cards to have been so nice.
My father-in-law was touched by the card, loving the “signatures” from his granddaughters. Josh’s aunt said the card was lovely and really lifted her up. My old Sunday school teacher gave me a Facebook shout out, sharing how she loved her wonderful card, and that it touched her, saying “You never know you are getting through to the kids you teach in Sunday School.” My brother thanked me as well.
I haven’t heard back from everyone I sent a card to (and I don’t like trolling for thank you’s: it kind of defeats the nice gesture) but I like to think that they all appreciate the friendly hello’s I sent their way.
Valentine’s Day is coming up in less than a month, and it is a GREAT time to send out a card to those who could use a little extra love! Hallmark offers so many different styles of cards at lots of different price points and are found in thousands of grocery and drug stores around the country as well as their own Hallmark branded stores and online. If you purchase 3 cards from Hallmark.com between now and Valentine’s Day, enter code LOVE3 at checkout to save $3! Hallmark has also launched a new rewards program. For every 5 cards you buy, you can redeem a prize!
Do you like sending and receiving cards? Why or why not? When was the last time you sent a personalized card in the mail?