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Supporting Victims in a Unique Way
By MADD | July 26, 2012| 6 Comments | Filed in: Victim Services

Sometimes the simple things that we can do for victim/survivors and their families often have as great of an impact as the key services that MADD provides. This can be seen through the actions of a small group of passionate scrapbooking divas in Texas who wanted to help the best way they knew how—by making unique, one-of-a-kind cards for victim/survivors of drunk driving.

Karah Ricketts, Volunteer Coordinator for the Texas State Central Region, encountered this group in her quest for victim services volunteers. Their talents didn’t quite fit into the role that typical volunteers fill, but Karah wasn’t about to let their desire to help go unfulfilled. They came up with a unique way use their creative talents while providing a valuable service for victims.

This artistic group creates hand-made custom cards for MADD to use, in conjunction with the standard “We Care Card,” to reach out to victims and survivors letting them know that we are here for them. This initial correspondence with victim/survivors is so important during a time filled with overwhelming emotions. The volunteers hope that these cards let them know that someone is thinking about them, that someone cares.

In one afternoon the eight volunteers created more than 50 beautifully unique, handcrafted cards, and since then, over a dozen people have expressed interest in joining this card-making crew. The Central Texas office plans to have monthly gatherings for volunteers to assemble to create the cards, while other volunteers have continued making cards on their own for MADD. One of the volunteers said, “I have made 25 cards in the last week. This is the most fun time I have ever had as a volunteer with any nonprofit.”

While it may seem like a small gesture, the love and care that go into making each card will undoubtedly be felt by those who receive them.

 


   

Comments

Submitted by miss.yogis at 06:49 PM on August 17, 2012
I love this,I want to do it for are MADD Los Angeles-Ventura County Chapter.
Submitted by rmoon at 07:59 AM on August 17, 2012
I, too, would like to become involved making the cards. I am a scraper and have been making cards for the last few years. I became involved in MADD almost 14 years ago when my family lost our beloved Mark to a drunk driver. How do I get more info on this particular project?
Submitted by Tammy at 09:02 PM on August 11, 2012
Is there any way I can participate in this wonderful volunteer effort from Colorado? I am a scrapbooker and cardmaker and I think these cards can really help victims/survivors. It certainly would have helped me to know that someone cared when I was hit by a drunk driver 17 years ago.
Submitted by Steph at 08:04 AM on August 3, 2012
I love this! I think the cards are beautiful and such a creative way to get people to volunteer! Way to think outside of the box! I think I may take this idea!
Submitted by Kat at 03:48 PM on July 30, 2012
Looks like a fun time.
Submitted by ESinTex at 10:56 AM on July 30, 2012
This is amazing! A very creative way to engage people in the cause through what they are passsionate about. Great job, Karah!

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