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Holiday Card Project 2012 Wrap-Up

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:48 AM


After a 3 year absence, the Holiday Card Project returned in 2012 and was more successful than ever! Over 2500 deviants from 60 countries participated this year, with more than 3500 cards received. With such an excellent response, we wanted to ensure we were spreading the love as much as possible. We asked for volunteers to help distribute cards to their local hospitals, and with the extra assistance of a few super deviants, we were able to distribute cards to 23 hospitals around the world!

Most hospitals were comfortable taking the cards and distributing them to patients on food trays or through hospital volunteers. While we aren't always able to interact directly with the patients, we're told what we already know -- that the cards are beautiful and the patients greatly appreciated them. We even started to receive lovely thank you letters from our participating hospitals.

Topicality, pajama-sam, and I were able to distribute the cards in person to the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. The kids at this center are those that are undergoing therapy to get stronger and healthier after their surgeries. We were able to speak with the patients, and their parents, and see their reactions upon receiving one of your one-of-a-kind cards. One child, in particular, made quite an impact on us.

Ryan has been in various hospitals since November 3rd. He spent his 8th birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the hospital. He has a condition known as AVM, a congenital brain condition, which required several brain surgeries and various medical procedures. While it's been an extremely tough time for him and his family, Ryan had the biggest smile on his face when we saw him, especially when we gave him one of your hand-crafted cards. Not only did Ryan love the card, but his mother was appreciative for the support.

Hcp photos-1 by Ayame-Kenoshi

Hcp photos-2 by Ayame-Kenoshi

This was truly a deviantART community effort, as deviants made the cards, and deviants distributed the cards! While we staff were able to distribute a few, we relied on you to spread joy all over the world. Thanks to our volunteers, we were able to double the number of hospitals reached. Check out some of their photos below!

Holiday Card Project Cards by Astralseed

2 by rainylake

Holiday card project 1 by geiersphotos

Holiday Card Project 2 by geiersphotos

Thank you so much to our volunteers who distributed cards to hospitals, Moonbeam13, cmptrwhz, geiersphotos, Katara-Alchemist, ArwingPilot114, rainylake, Oilux, AJ333, itsinthesoul, PoorLittleTruffle, infinitelove143, Astralseed, and Nyiana-sama. Check out their wrap-up journals here:

:holly: Holiday Card Delivery by cmptrwhz
:holly: The Holiday Card Project: The Denver VA Hospital by Katara-Alchemist
:holly: Holiday Card Project! by AJ333
:holly: Holiday Card Project- UMass Medical Center- UPDATE by Nyiana-sama
:holly: Holiday Card Project - Monroe Clinic Hospital by Astralseed
:holly: Holiday Card Project: Longmont United Hospital by rainylake

Special thanks to the deviantART staffers who were instrumental in the behind-the-scenes work of sorting and counting the cards, Shyree, LaurenKitsune, Heidi, aunjuli, codenamepanther, o-KOUKLA-o, and makepictures.

And, most of all, thank you for your time and effort sending us cards and bringing smiles to those who need it most. This project could not have been possible without you, and we sincerely appreciate the spirit of giving and joy that thrives throughout the deviantART community. :heart:

As promised, all participants of the Holiday Card Project were given a one month free Premium Membership to deviantART. Those subscriptions have all been awarded and activated. If for some reason you did not receive your subscription, please send Ayame-Kenoshi a note with the following information:

:bulletred: Your name
:bulletred: The approximate date your card was sent
:bulletred: A one sentence description of what your card looked like
:bulletred: The location you sent it from

Please note: If you currently have an active Premium Membership, this one-month Premium Membership has been added to your subscription and will take effect once your current Premium Membership expires.

Thank you again for a successful return of the Holiday Card Project!



The Holiday Card Project returned in 2012 and was more successful than ever! Over 2500 deviants participated this year from over 60 countries, with more than 3500 cards received. With the extra assistance of a few super deviants, we were able to distribute cards to 23 hospitals!
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:icongisapizzatto:
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't make my card in time, but it's great to see all the other ones that reached people! I'll definitely try harder next time! ^^
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ILionessI Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Im so glad I did that ^^
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Hellobaby Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Definitely will join it again next year :D. That's so amazing of DA to do this. Thanks staffs,
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:iconfenixfallen100:
FenixFallen100 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsmilieplz:
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:iconangelleo76:
Angelleo76 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!!!
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:iconcreativeness:
Creativeness Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
I was going to participate but the time limit came and went. I think this is a cool thing.
Can't there also be some sort of digital art competition where the top 10 voted holiday cards get printed up by deviantART and from sales give the money to charity, like money for christmas gifts for kids in hospitals or something, along with the cards people send in to the holiday card project, wouldn't wanna quit that.
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QuietChaos13 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! it warmed my heart to do it and read about Ryan!
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:icontheclockoogang:
theclockoogang Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I hope my card is there 2.
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:icontigerstar12356:
Tigerstar12356 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I hope my card got there!
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:iconirish-phantom:
Irish-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) yay I'm so happy that took part in this and will do so again next yr :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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:iconliberumequa:
LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It was a pleasure to participate, and I'll certainly look forward to this year's Holiday Card Project! :D
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:iconchristiankolle:
ChristianKolle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a pleasure participating.
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:iconmariansonicfanatic:
MarianSonicFanatic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Writer
I am really glad my card could make it on time :) I am so happy to have participated in such a beautiful event where I could give people something to make them smile :)
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Ginesthoi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks so much for organizing this charitable, artistic event. I enjoyed participating and appreciate knowing how well it was received. Kudos to everyone involved. I look forward to participating again in 2013.
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Marzipan-x3 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
HDIOHWIUQRHUGRUGUIAWWWW....!!! :heart:
I'm just smiling to my computer, Holiday Card Project is soooo amazing! :heart: I'm so happy that I could participe! : D It's s great to be a part of big Da Family, we're doing amazing stuff together! :D
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:iconduirwaighstudios:
DuirwaighStudios Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
It was a pleasure to be part of this. Let's do it again next year!
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SonicRanger-1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad I joined for this! Having relatives in hospitals, I'm glad I could be a part of making those people smile! =) Can't wait to join next time!
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MADlSASTER Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huge success, woah. I wish I participated. I will do this in 2013 if possible ;* Congratulatiosn with this success!
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:iconqusta2:
qusta2 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks
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:icondynamicability:
dynamicability Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
:love:
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:iconordinarysnowflake:
OrdinarySnowflake Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
YAY I hope someone got a good laugh out of my card :iconlaughingplz:
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:iconpeonyaurora:
PeonyAurora Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Good to know that everything has been great :D Thank you for your efforts!!!XD
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:iconsunhatter:
SunHatter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank You to all at Deviant Art who made this happen i will intend to do this again next year:)
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:iconimahimonoonna:
Imahimonoonna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was happy to partake in this event. Now you should let us try again for other Holidays. for these people who are stuck in hospitals. They should be getting mail constintly because we care and want them to get better.
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:iconl-sparrow:
L-Sparrow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It makes me so happy that it has been so successful ! I would again starting lineup next year.
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:iconseaspryte:
SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This was a wonderful thing for DA to do. Thanks to all who helped make it happen. :heart:
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PolkaMocha Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like our community has done more than spread smiles...I feel as if we've permanantly brightened lives this holiday season :iconcheerplz:
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AelissNovak Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really meant to send one, but December was hard for me and I didn't end up having the time to make one... :( If you do this again next Christmas, I'll try to send some. :)
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:iconbeyourpet:
beyourpet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
Yayy! I'm glad it went so well. Definitely let's do this again for 2013! :D
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Butterfly-Twist Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Great project and I really hope you will do it again next year :D!
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:iconinvaderlez:
InvaderLez Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had participated. :/
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:iconsunrei:
SunRei Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Aww, it looks like either mine didn't get there in time, or was lost in the mail. :(
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:iconayame-kenoshi:
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This one-month Premium Membership has been added to your subscription and will take effect once your current Premium Membership expires. :)
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:iconsunrei:
SunRei Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Aww, thank you so much! Just a thought, if you guys plan this again next year, could you give us a little bit more notice? A month is really cutting it close for people on the other side of the world from the USA to make their cards and get them sent in. I know a few people didn't participate since they figured it wouldn't get there in time.

Thanks again! :)
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:iconayame-kenoshi:
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks for the feedback! We'll try to give more notice in the future. :)
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:iconsunrei:
SunRei Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
No problem, thanks so much for reading my comment! :)
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:iconmylittlebluesky:
mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know if a Premium Membership has been given to me or not and I did send a postcard!
Should I have received a notification that my membership has been extended or it just automatically happens? Thank you! :)
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:iconayame-kenoshi:
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
We did receive your card and you have received your Premium Membership. This one-month Premium Membership has been added to your subscription and will take effect once your current Premium Membership expires. :)
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a problem on my profile now! Now the Premium Widgets have disappeared and it won't let me put the SlideBack Show or put the Visitors Widget. Is it because something you've done? :noes: But it still says I've got 6 month Premium and the * symbol appears...
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay that's great :D Thank you! :aww:
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TopHatSketcher Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad I could participate, and it's lovely to see them all having a nice time :)
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Reicheru-Ketsueki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I wasnt able to do it </3
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:iconteaphotography:
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, how beautiful and wonderful! :clap:
It is so lovely to see this awesome update!
:w00t:
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superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I hope to be able to do this again with my residents. They liked being able to do something for the Community
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:iconcowlufoo:
cowlufoo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was wonderful and fun making my card for the 2012 Holiday Card Project, and I can't want to do another if the project continues on this year too ^-^
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ryoxsaku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
im so glad it was a huge success
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:icontheclockoogang:
theclockoogang Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
sorry it was holiday.
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:icontheclockoogang:
theclockoogang Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Im glad to participated 2. ^-^ Hope they have a dragon busters holida\
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm glad all those cards went through!! :love: I hope the person who recieved my card enjoyed it! :aww:
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