Make a Child Smile is an organization with an incredible purpose. This site features children who are fighting a chronic or life threatening illness. The purpose of the website is to feature children who are battling an illness that you can send an uplifting greeting card via postal mail. It also lists their likes and dislikes and their mailing address. I found this knowledge very helpful. For example knowing this information can help choosing a card based on a favorite color or character.
It is important to read the FAQ page.
MACS (the website’s abbreviation for Make a Child Smile) has an email newsletter and a section where you can donate to their cause (which are both optional). The site also lists an FAQ page that I recommend you read before sending out your first card. An important rule I’d like to point out is to make sure to not wish these children “Get Well” sentiments. Often these children are terminal and sadly they may not be getting better.
You can mail store bought or handmade cards.
The cards pictured above are made from a Build-A-Bear catalog. Cutting cute images from old magazines to make your own cards is great way to recycle and bring a smile to a child’s face. It is not mandatory at all to hand make the cards you send to these children. I decided to make the cards I sent as an activity to do with my daughter. This is a great project for children to teach them compassion and gratitude while being creative all at once.
Occasionally the children will contact you back.
I’ve been sending cards for a couple years now and I have received a few responses back from the children. Although it was unexpected, my daughter really enjoyed receiving a few e-mails from some of the children. Do not expect to receive a response back though because MACS is not a pen pal site. That’s not the purpose of this particular cause. I think it’s also important to take into consideration how ill these children might be and the enormous amount of cards they may receive.
I really couldn’t imagine my child having a terminal illness and what these parents must go through. Sending these cards out monthly reminds me of how blessed I really am and puts all of my silly problems into prospective.