Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and with it comes an opportunity to extend some love and kindness. You may recall our Special Delivery project from years past, which we’re delighted to say is now an Etsy tradition. We’ll be working with Citymeals-on-Wheels to bring nutritious meals, handmade greeting cards, and companionship to elderly New Yorkers this Valentine’s Day.
Sounds great! How do I get involved?
Easy! We need your help to supply the cards. Citymeals-on-Wheels
We think that crafting is way more fun with friends, so we invite you to throw your own Craft Party in your corner of the world. All you need to do is visit Etsy’s Meetups Everywhere page, join a Special Delivery Meetup where you live, invite your friends and neighbors, make some heartfelt cards and mail them our way. Don’t forget to share photos of your gathering in action too!
If you don’t have time to make cards, you can buy them and have them delivered to us. The deadline for us to receive the cards is Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
There are a few other important guidelines for this, so please carefully read the FAQs below.
I’ve made or bought my beautiful Valentine’s card for Citymeals-on-Wheels. Now what happens?
Special delivery! We will collect all the cards and bring them to Citymeals-on-Wheels, where each will be delivered with a meal in time for Valentine’s Day. Several of the Etsy Admin will be volunteering at the Citymeals-on-Wheels’ Senior Center’s Valentine’s Day party. We’re going to help decorate, serve meals, and spend quality time with our neighbors.
Where do I send the cards to?
Please mail your handmade or vintage cards to:
Attn: Katie Rose Crosswhite
55 Washington St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
When do the cards have to arrive at Etsy?
The deadline is Tuesday, February 7, 2011. This is important!
Are there any rules about what the cards should look like?
Yes. Please follow these guidelines, otherwise we can’t use your card(s):
- No glitter! This creates food safety issues.
- Please make your cards cheerful by using bright colors. You can decorate cards using paint, crayons, markers, pastels, collage or anything else you can think of.
- Please avoid dark backgrounds and religious symbols.
- Please write clearly in large print and avoid using the abbreviation “V-day.” Please say “Valentine’s Day.”
- You should not give out your address or suggest that the recipients write back to you. Initiating an ongoing correspondence is not appropriate.
- Please make sure that the cards are appropriate for the intended audience. That is to say, pretend it’s for your sweet sweet grandma, not your snarky, angst-ridden teenage brother.
How many cards should I send?
As many as you want!
Is this open only to Etsy sellers?
Nope. This is open to anyone who wants to help brighten someone’s day.
What’s that deadline again?
We need to have all of the cards in our hands by Tuesday, February 7, 2011. Thanks!