Crystal Card Project: Pandemic Update

Used cards ready to be refashioned into new ones for The Crystal Card Project

Used cards ready to be refashioned into new ones for The Crystal Card Project

Bobbie Reed

Sadly, during the past several months, a time when families have been forced to shelter in place, domestic violence has increased. Support for victims is needed more than ever. The Sun Lakes-based Crystal Card Project raises money for a local shelter by selling greeting cards refashioned from used cards. Over the past three years, that has amounted to $42,000 donated to My Sister’s Place.

Unfortunately, since mid-March, both card sales and group workshops to make cards have had to be canceled, but we hope to return to a full program soon.

During the past months, many community members have continued to donate used cards. We continue to need more. No special preparation of the cards is needed. Just place them in one of the specially-marked bins around the community in the clubhouses at Oakwood, Ironwood, Palo Verde, and the libraries at Sun Lakes Country Club and Cottonwood or contact us at [email protected] to arrange a donation.

Volunteers have continued making cards at home to assure a continued supply for sale, and a few customers have even arranged curbside pickup service, letting volunteers choose some cards for them and opting for a contactless exchange of a check for a collection of cards.

We are looking forward to a return to more usual activities. We have a sale scheduled for early August on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 5 and 6, in the Bradford Room in the Oakwood clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We hope to resume group workshops in the fall.