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CADIZ- Greeting cards are getting a second chance as members of Harrison Central Jr./Sr. High School’s student council undertake a special project for charity.

The group is collecting cards for all occasions to benefit St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a national organization that helps abused, abandoned and neglected children. It was founded in 1967 and has since assisted more than 1,000 children by giving them a safe, home-like environment. St. Jude’s Ranch has three campuses in Nevada and Texas and the recycling card program provides its young charges learn job skills and independence.

Student council member Katie Parkinson, a senior, coordinated the project and said it helps raise money for the program. She explained the children remove the front of the cards and refashion them with new backings for resale. A set of 10 is sold for $10 and all of the money assists the organization, while the children receive payment for their work.

“The student council is collecting new and used cards,” said Parkinson. “It can be for a birthday, religious event or Halloween—any type of card.”

Contributed cards should be 5-inches-by-7-inches or smaller but cannot come from American Greetings, Hallmark or Disney. The 30-year-old program was started when the previous year’s Christmas cards were revamped and distributed to donors as a token of appreciation for supporting the ranch. The recipients requested to purchase the special cards and the program soon expanded to include all occasions. Since then, support has grown around the world and St. Jude’s Ranch has received more than 1 million cards to recycle.

The student council has amassed 100 cards to date but wants to collect more by January. Parkinson added that the cards could remain unsorted and members would organize them before sending the shipment. She added that it was also a good way for said it was also a good way to help others.

“It’s about the future of America,” she continued, “and kids are the future of America.”

Donated cards can be dropped off at the high school. For more information, contact Duran Morgan, advisor and dean of students, at 740-942-7700. To purchase the finished cards, call (877) 977- 7572 or send a request and donation to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, ATTN: Donor Office, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, Nevada, 89006-0100.

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