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Greeting Card Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

Card Guidelines

  • We welcome cards that are store bought or hand crafted
  • Every day "thinking of you" type cards and holiday cards are all welcome.
  • Please send cards tucked under the flap of the envelope rather than inside the envelope, as we send them to senior communities in this manner.
  • Religious messages are welcome and will be routed to faith based senior communities.
  • Cards sent to our Michigan address are delivered to senior communities in the state of Michigan only. Cards sent to our Florida address are sent to senior communities in the other 49 states.  
  • Please place a count of the number of cards in the package on the top of the cards before sealing. 
  • Birthday and Get Well cards are donated to senior communities for use with their residents as we do not have personal information on residents in senior communities. 

  • There is no size requirement although most cards that we receive are A2 size, which are ideal for mailing. 
  • You are welcome to write or print a personalized message inside the card. We ask that the card be signed with at least a first name and state if you choose. 
  • Envelopes are appreciated. We do keep a supply of envelopes on hand for those that are received without them. 
  • Senior communities have requested that we not send cards with glitter that falls off of the card as it can interfere with machines and certain medical conditions. 
  • If you would like us to acknowledge receipt of your cards, please include your email address in the package. 
  • If you would like to write to a senior directly, see last section below. 

Mailing Deadlines

Given that we deliver all throughout the year, cards are accepted any time. For holidays, cards with messages inside that are ready for delivery must be received at least three weeks prior to the holiday. Cards that are blank inside that need messages added to them are needed at least five weeks prior to a holiday. We take the last two weeks of the year off to be with our families for the holidays. Any cards received after those cut off times are held for the holiday the following year. In addition, you are welcome to send any holiday card throughout the year as we store them until the next holiday.  

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our program is staffed by unpaid volunteers. So all donations made to our organization go directly to supporting our mission. 
  • We welcome donations for postage or postage stamps as we are solely funded by donations. Donations may be made by clicking the donation page on this site, on our Facebook Page, or by check made out to Bring Smiles to Seniors sent to P.O. Box 226 Odessa FL 33556.
  • We send to Veteran senior communities across the country, so Veteran cards are welcome. 

  • Receipts for cards are provided at the end of the year for tax purposes. 
  • Our main program is in Florida, where we handle forty-nine of the fifty states. Our program in Michigan handles all senior communities in Michigan.
  • We currently only deliver to senior communities in the United States along with several participants in the United Kingdom. 

Private Groups

We have created two private groups under our main Facebook page. A group for card makers and a group for those that like to mail directly to seniors. Both require answering a few questions and agreeing to the group rules. 

  • The Bring Smiles to Seniors group is a place for card makers across the country to share ideas, supplies and support each other in their card making endeavors. In this group you can learn new techniques, get inspired by others work and even share supplies. The group does fun virtual events that keep you excited and engaged as you work on your craft. 
  • The Lola's Smile Bunch group is a private group where seniors or their family members have requested cards be sent to seniors at home or in their senior community. Seniors can only be added with the permission of the senior or a family member and you must ask to join the group and provide the required information to be admitted. This groups sends tens of thousands of cards to seniors each year.