Holiday Card Project 2019!
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The DeviantArt #HolidayCardProject returns for its 12th year! With the goal of bringing a little holiday cheer to patients in hospitals during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects artists and allows them to apply their artistic abilities to design and create meaningful, uplifting holiday greeting cards.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. If you're looking for additional incentive, every deviant who mails in a card will be given a free one-month Core Membership as our thank you for participating.

Last year, we received over 2,500 greeting cards from thousands of deviants from over 40 different countries/political regions. The cards were sorted and distributed to hospitals in the Los Angeles area, with additional cards given to patients in various hospitals throughout the United States and abroad.

Read below to learn how you can take part in the holiday cheer!

Holidays What is the DeviantArt Holiday Card Project?The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create physical holiday cards for people who are hospitalized, helping bring a smile to the faces of those who may need some holiday cheer.

Holidays Who receives the cards?Cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals. Some cards will be delivered in-person by select deviants in the respective hospitals’ areas, while other cards will be distributed by hospital staff members. Patients who receive the cards range in age from children to seniors, and have illnesses or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

Holidays What should I write in a card?Be as creative as you'd like! However, remember that the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal. It's important that what you write stays cheerful and positive. Some suggested greetings include, "Best wishes," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day."

You are more than welcome to write your cards in any language, though keep in mind that most cards will be distributed in the United States.

Avoid phrases like "Get well soon" and "Hope you're feeling better," as it might not be appropriate for all patients. Be sure to include a message of "Happy Holidays," as the cards will be distributed during the holiday season, and please refrain from using any overt religious quotes or references.

Holidays Can I make a card myself?Of course! An 8.5" x 11" (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm) sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4.25" x 5.5" (11.43 cm x 12.7 cm) works nicely. However, there is no "set" size for cards, so use your best judgment. You can personally design and decorate cards by drawing, coloring, or painting. Using construction paper, cardboard, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., are all great ways to help make your card as special as possible.

While you can create a card digitally, please be aware that DeviantArt is not able to print your card for you. To participate, you are responsible for printing and mailing your card.

Holidays Can I use cards purchased from a store?Absolutely! Store-bought cards are great, but be sure to add some artistic flair and pizzazz by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles. Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative!

Holidays How much is postage for sending a card?If you live in the U.S. and are sending an average-sized card, it will likely cost one first-class stamp ($0.55). If you live in a country other than the U.S., check with your local postal agency for rates.

Holidays Can I send more than one card?Please do. You can put more than one card in the same envelope or package to save on postage. Having said that, quality is better than quantity. Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were hastily thrown together.

Holidays Can I share my cards on DeviantArt?That's part of the fun! The cards we receive are often so impressive that we want to share them with the world. When you're finished with your creation, upload a photo or scan of the card and submit it to DeviantArt using the #HolidayCardProject2019 tag. Sharing your artwork with others helps spread the word about the Holiday Card Project, which then leads to more cards being created and shared!

Holidays Will patients know who made their cards?The only way a patient will know who made a card is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do. If you wish to send a card anonymously, you may also do so.

Outside of including your name, please do not include an e-mail address or other personal information. This is to respect security concerns raised by hospitals.

Holidays Can non-deviants participate in the Project?Definitely. The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause. The project is a great way for schools, clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a positive activity. No DeviantArt affiliation is necessary.

Holidays What do I get out of this?The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to bring a little cheer to those undergoing a hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and care from those who take time to create and send cards.

Additionally, once the Holiday Card Project has been completed, all registered DeviantArt members that participated will receive a free one-month Core MembershipIn order to be awarded a Core Membership, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the card. Core Memberships will be distributed no later than January 31, 2020.

Holidays When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?All cards should be received by December 16, 2019.

Holidays I want to participate as a volunteer. Is that possible?Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering for the Holiday Card Project! Please reach out to akiestar should you wish to be a volunteer no later than December 1, 2019.

Holidays Where do I send a card?Please use the following address:

DeviantArt, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite B
P.O. Box 230
West Hollywood, CA 90046
United States of America

Please remember to include your DeviantArt username on a separate piece of paper when mailing your card. To ensure you successfully receive your free Core Membership, your username needs to be written legibly.

Stare Rules and TermsLimit one one-month Core Membership per participant. DeviantArt reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the Project as unacceptable and therefore ineligible for a Core Membership.

Megaphone Spread the WordShare your #HolidayCardProject2019 involvement across the Internet!  Write a journal or Status Update, or post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram! Getting the word out helps this great cause reach more people — resulting in more holiday cheer!

Note Past Projects

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20181221 103800 by akiestar

20181221 133321 by akiestar

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Holidays Where do I direct questions and concerns?Please note that many common concerns have been addressed in the FAQ section above. Take care when reading the Project's description because there's a good chance it contains an answer to your question. For any remaining issues, please leave a comment on this journal.

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Dynamoe's avatar
DynamoeHobbyist General Artist
Do the CORES say Anonymous Deviant, or do they mention the Christmas Card Project specifically? I just received an Anonymous One Month Core, and I'm wondering which it is.

Thank you.

akiestar's avatar
akiestarHobbyist Photographer
Core Memberships are awarded anonymously, Dynamoe, but they are definitely tied to the Holiday Card Project. You can check out the wrap-up journal here! :D
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DynamoeHobbyist General Artist
Thank you. 
seresere's avatar
seresereHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so so so much!!!!! :aww: Bullet; Orange Star! La la la la :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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acla13Professional General Artist
Thanks much for the :iconcoremembershipplz: :aww:
lali-lilou's avatar
akiestar I submit mine on the Holiday-Card-Helpers but there has been no activity on their page for several weeks, do you know if the cards could have been printed and distributed?
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akiestarHobbyist Photographer
We're working on getting everyone's Core Memberships out, lali-lilou! We did receive all the Holiday-Card-Helpers cards, so we do appreciate your patience. :)
lali-lilou's avatar
Thank you for your answer, but my question was more about cards. I hope they could all have been distributed. :)
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akiestarHobbyist Photographer
They definitely were! For Holiday-Card-Helpers cards specifically, we split them across all our partner hospitals and care facilities. :)
lali-lilou's avatar
It's great !!! thanks, thanks !!!!
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SheWritesLovelyPoemsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Has anyone received their core membership yet??? I know they are supposed to be given out by January 31, 2020 but I was just wondering if anyone got core yet (2 weeks early) or is DA going to wait until the last minute...

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Articunos-CoffeenArtHobbyist Traditional Artist
No I haven't. I've been wondering about that myself.
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SheWritesLovelyPoemsHobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew I wasn't the only one wondering what is going on... Watch the notification show up on the 31st...  Screamote 
akiestar's avatar
akiestarHobbyist Photographer
We're still working on it, poempainter! :)

cc: xXJudaiYukiwashere64
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Alerazz501Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I ask. I have send my card to Holiday Card Helpers, a group that states that it helps DA artists who live outside of USA and due to financial or time constrains can't send their own cards or make the deadline so they print the cards and send them for them. But there is no info from them, so I simply would like to check if a card from Alerazz501 have arrived. Thank you in advance for answer, take care and keep this wonderfull holiday idea going. :)
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akiestar I submit mine on the Holiday-Card-Helpers do you know when we get the core membership? Are that in yet?
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akiestarHobbyist Photographer
No Core Memberships have been given out yet, SuperSaiyanGoku3. As mentioned in the journal, they will be given out by January 31st at the latest. :)
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LittleDragonKidProfessional Digital Artist
I just wanted to ask, goog that this is at the top of comments :D
SuperSaiyanGoku3's avatar
Ok thank you for the updated.
Arkayy's avatar
ArkayyHobbyist Digital Artist
Sent out a card as well. The post office mention some sort of difficulty with entering the address. Just wanted to make sure it reached there ok.
SuperSaiyanGoku3's avatar
I submit mine in the Holiday-Card-Helpers do you know when we get the core member ship?
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WilczyckaHobbyist Traditional Artist

I hope that my cards arrived on time. I can't check that :C

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Cadaver-CollectorHobbyist Digital Artist
I know a lot of people are asking but I’d also like to know if my cards were received? I sent out maybe around 5 or 6 (I don’t remember exactly how many) together in a tan bubble mailer with a separate piece of paper inside with my username on it.
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MegsmegStudent Digital Artist
Did you guys ever get my card yet? ;O;

Honestly my first time really sending anything out!

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