About Cards for Hospitalized Kids
From One Girl's Idea to an International Movement
Cards for Hospitalized Kids began with a simple idea of helping others. It has transformed into a movement with card-making supporters around the world, celebrity supporters and, most importantly, thousands of smiling card-receiving patients and their families. How did this transformation occur?
Jen Rubino built CFHK from the ground up. She began locally in her community by partnering with a local library to host monthly card-making events and began establishing constacts with all Children's hospitals in Illinois. She then worked on going national. She established a website with card-making instructions that allow people in any location to get involved with CFHK. She also began utilizing social media to get the word out, which is really where CFHK's support base was built. Jen also reached out to celebrities from Olympians to Singers to TV stars. Not only were the celebrities supporting CFHK able to help Jen spread the word on social media, but they also helped brighten the days of patients by signing autographs for the kids to receive along with the cards.
In 2013, CFHK also reached a new level: international. CFHK now has card-making supporters worldwide and cards have arrived from around the world including Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, and more!
An Impact of Another Kind
"In the ICU, day meets night, life meets death and hope is all you have" ---Kendall, a Liver Transplant Recipient
"When I saw my cards give others that sense of hope someone gave me in my darkest hour, I knew I wanted to take this as far as possible."
When Jen Rubino created CFHK, all she wanted to do was help other kids facing serious health issues. Not only has she been able to help thousands of more kids than she ever expected, but she has been able to make an imapct of another kind: inspiring people.
As CFHK has continued to grow, Jen has shared her experiences being able to help others through CFHK as well as her personals story and turning her pain and tragedy into a triumph. She has shared her story in media publications locally, nationaly and even internationally. Through this, she has been able to inspire people to give back and perserveree through their own challenges.