HIS RADIO'S "HEARTS FOR KIDS"
Brightening Little Hearts with Valentines
Hearts For Kids is one of HIS Radio's most successful and popular annual ministry projects. We combine participation with radio listeners, volunteer teams, and hospitals to ensure that every sick child who has to be in the hospital on Valentine's Day is not forgotten and does not miss out on the "fun" of the day.
Individuals, families, Sunday School groups....even coworkers in offices from all across the Triangle, Fayetteville, and Eastern NC get together and create happy, uplifting homemade Valentines Cards. We're asking for your very best, MOST CREATIVE and UNIQUE efforts to make these cards special!
These cards are sent to the HIS Radio offices in Raleigh, at which point Volunteer teams arrange and sort them into Cheer Packets, which also include a fun game or toy. Then on Valentine's Day, teams of volunteers and station staff fan out and personally deliver these packets to all the kids in the hospitals in our area. Last year we received thousands of cards from listeners and distributed them to the kids in nine area hospitals. This year we will serve those same hospitals: UNC, Duke, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Womack Army Medical Center, Vidant Hospital (Greenville NC), Wake Med, Rex, and Betsy Johnson Memorial, and Nash General.
Our deadline for us to receive the cards you create this year is FRIDAY, February 8th (Postmark no later than Tuesday, Feb. 5) Mail your packet or hand deliver to:
HIS Radio--Hearts For Kids
7610 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 155
Raleigh, NC 27615
Here are some tips and requested guidelines as you're preparing your homemade packets:
--Wish the child a Happy Valentine's Day
--Please make your cards "gender neutral"
--Custom create original, "homemade" cards which come from your heart.
--No manufactured or "store bought" cards, please
--Make your card cheerful, creative, and uplifting. Spend some time and thought on them!
--Let the child know you are thinking of them
--Tell the child you hope this helps put a smile on their face
Because children will come from a wide variety of social backgrounds and medical histories, the hospitals have also requested the following consideration that you keep in mind:
--No religious references such as "God Bless You", "I'm praying for you", etc. (this is a HOSPITAL policy that HIS Radio has agreed to abide by)
--NO GLITTER or loose attachments
--No references to "get well" or "hope you feel better"
--Please don't include your personal contact information
--We can also receive a portion of cards in Spanish, which will benefit Hispanic children