Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is CFHK a nonprofit / 501(c)(3) organization?
A: Yes, CFHK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Q: What is CFHK's EIN/Tax ID?
A: CFHK's Tax ID is 92-192-7887.
Q: Can I donate to CFHK?
A: Absolutely, financial donations support CFHK's efforts spreading hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids. Donations can be made electronically on our donate page or via check and mailed to: Cards for Hospitalized Kids, 7290 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60631. The CFHK team will send you a thank-you letter and receipt.
Q: Does CFHK accept cards year-round?
A: Yes, we do.
Q: Do I need to live in the US to make cards?
A: Everyone is welcome to make cards regardless of location. We regularly receive cards from abroad including France, Canada, Australia, and more.
Q: How often can I send cards?
A: Cards can be sent in as often as you'd like. We distribute general cards monthly as well as holiday cards for all major holidays.
Q: I live in the area, can I drop off cards instead of mailing them?
A: Yes, you can drop off cards Monday - Friday during business hours.
Q: Can I send the cards together in one large envelope or package rather than individual envelopes?
A: Absolutely, receiving cards together in one envelope / package is preferred as it makes the sorting process easier for the CFHK team.
Q: Does CFHK need cards in Spanish, as well?
A: Yes! We definitely need cards written in Spanish.
Q: What is the deadline for sending holiday cards?
A: We prefer to receive them at least 2 weeks prior to the holiday to ensure enough distribution time. However, we can accept cards up until 7 days before the holiday. Any cards that do not arrive in time are saved for the following year.
Q: Can we write "Merry Christmas" on holiday cards?
A: Yes. We also recommend making a few cards that simply say "Happy Holidays" or "Happy Hanukkah" for kids that don't celebrate Christmas.
Q: What hospitals are the cards distributed to?
A: Cards are not given to a single hospital. We give cards to Children's Hospitals in all 50 states as well as Ronald McDonald Houses (RMH).
Q: Where do I mail the cards?
A: Cards for Hospitalized Kids, 7290 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60631
Q: Should I address the card to a specific person?
A: No. Please address the card generally since we do not yet know the child's name.
Q: Should I sign my name on the card?
A: Yes, please sign your first name on the card. If you'd like, you can also sign your state, such as "Jen from Washington D.C".
Q: Does each card need an individual envelope?
A: No, the cards do not need to be in envelopes.
Q: How do I refer a child to receive a card from CFHK?
A: Please submit the referral via our "Request a Card" form.
Q: Does CFHK have a need for donated supplies?
A: Yes! Donated supplies can be helpful to long-term supporters of CFHK, such as: local libraries hosting monthly card-making events for CFHK, schools, etc. If you are interested in donating supplies, please email Jen.
Q: Can I start a CFHK Club / Chapter at my school?
A: Absolutely! If you are interested in possibly starting a CFHK chapter/club at your school, please fill out this interest form.
Q: Can I earn service hours for making cards?
A: Yes! We've had students across the US successfully earn service hours for making cards. You can find info on this in the "Volunteer" section.
Q: I would like to see photos and read stories about card-receiving children. Where can I do that?
A: Absolutely, there are multiple places to do so: