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Create a Card for a Senior

Create a Card for a Senior DOROT’s greeting card project helps bring joy and celebration to over 200 seniors each month. With this program, we are able to reach and recognize many seniors that we might not otherwise be able to wish a happy birthday. Sometimes this card is the only recognition a senior receives on his or her birthday. Every card is designed and created by you, our volunteers. These donations are incredibly meaningful in the work we do and so important to the larger DOROT community.

DOROT’s Feature Volunteer Card



Marcia Homa

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Here’s how you can make a card for a senior:

1. Check Out
Sample Cards

Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at some of the cards other volunteers have submitted.

2. Make Your
Card

Making a card is easy, fun and incredibly important in the work that we do to decrease social isolation in seniors! Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day, or planning an activity for your synagogue youth group, this is a great project to spend some time on. Be sure to use colored paper for the outside, but white for the inside to make it easier to read. Please include a note or greeting inside the card while also leaving space for DOROT to write a message of our own. You can also write a simple poem or share some simple information about yourself (e.g., favorite hobbies, pets, school, etc.). This makes the handmade card a very personal and thoughtful gift for the older person to receive.

Tips:
  • Thin printer paper or construction paper is not adequate for cards that we send out. Please use good cardstock for your card bases. You can purchase this at Michaels or other craft stores.
  • Make your cards as colorful and decorative as you’d like, but please refrain from using materials that might fall off or make a mess, such as glitter, sequins, feathers, tissue paper, ribbons, or buttons.
  • Materials you might use include stickers, watercolors, puff paint, and of course, colored markers.
  • “Sign” the back of the card with your first name AND, if applicable, the name of the group, as well as the age of the child or children.
  • Write in large block (print) letters. As people get older, many have a hard time reading small print.
3. Mail Your Card
to DOROT

After you finish your cards, our office volunteers will address and mail them to seniors.

Mail your cards and a Volunteer Return Form to:

DOROT
Attn: Card Making Project
171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
 
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