Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What all is Project smile AZ doing?

A: Our goal is to spread smiles to all A2Z, especially to create a positive impact on the mental, physical and environmental well being of anyone in need.  We are currently focussing on the following activities:

 1. Card Making: This is what started the project! Handmade hygienically made cards to bring smiles and help the mental health of those in need. We are making cards for the various themes (Motivational cards, Gratitude cards, Kindness cards, Hope Cards, and Cards for Veterans)

2. Literacy drive: We are collecting gently used books to donate to kids in need. You can do a drive in your neighborhood/school/church or simply clean your room!! DM us to see how to coordinate a pick-up if you are in Greater Phoenix Area.

 

3. Smile kits for kids: We make kits with art supplies for kids who are less fortunate. Each kit contains cardstock, markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, etc. You may do a drive for donations of any of the supplies or make kits!

We have done food drives, trail cleanings, and mask drives as well! Please subscribe to the website to get a periodic newsletter or check our blog on what's new and happening!

Q: Can we get volunteer hours for our service?

A: Yes! Its a great project to do virtually from your own home/school/neighborhood/church group/ Scout activity/ NJHS or NHS activity. (We cannot verify court-assigned hours). Please allow us to receive prepared cards before verifying hours. For time spent in organizing and doing an event for book drive/card drive or kit drive, please contact us directly by email to verify at ProjectSmileAZ@gmail.com 

We respectfully ask your honesty in reporting appropriate hours according to the effort put in.

Q: What all themes are you making the cards on?

A: We are making cards on many themes

  • Motivational cards for hospitalized patients.

  • Gratitude cards thanking essential workers.

  • Kindness cards for homeless people.

  • Hope Cards for cancer patients.  We are doing a card drive for sending hope cards for cancer patients for the month of June which is National Cancer Survivors Month. 

  • Cards for Veterans: Thank a veteran on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any day!! we regularly donate to Veterans across the nation.

Feel free to send cards for any theme, and we love to hear from you on any suggestions you have, after all, YOU are part of Project Smile AZ!

 

Q: How do we send cards?

A: Cards can be sent to our PO box or locally coordinated through our Facebook or Instagram page. To keep the cards safe, consider putting them in Ziploc before mailing them. It would be great if you can send envelopes, we always need envelopes! We use about 400-500 envelopes a month! Please don't seal the envelopes (Yes, we read through each card before we send them out!!! They bring us smiles too :)

Our Mailing address is

Project Smile AZ

P.O. Box 10477

Glendale 

AZ 85318

 

Q: What should be written in the cards?

A: Anything that you think is inspirational can be put in the cards to make a difference in someone's world :) Write Uplifting messages like 

  • Be brave

  • Stay Strong

  • You are amazing

  • You Rock

  • You are awesome

  • We believe in you

 

We often use inspiring life quotes from famous people in quotation marks.  Please avoid including religious or faith-based quotes or ‘sending prayers’, as they may not be acceptable to all patients.

 

You can find many creative ideas on 100s of posts on our  FB and IG page.

Most of all, just be you! And spread Smiles :) :) :)

 

It would be awesome if you can sign your cards with "your first name, for Project Smile AZ" ( like John for Project Smile AZ)

 

Q: Who can make a card?

A: Anyone that wants to make a difference in a patient’s life can make cards for us :) Our youngest participants have been a few months old babies(helped by their parents). We request anyone who is making the cards, to wash their hands well before making them and keep them hygienic. If you or anyone around you is sick, then please wait to make cards till you are all better.

Q: When can you send them?

A: Send them whenever you can. We try donating about twice a month. Please follow us on our FB or IG to know any special deadlines so we can deliver on time for themed/season cards.

Q: Can we send holiday or seasonal cards?

A: Yes, holiday or seasonal cards are welcome. Our next coming seasonal card drive is with the 'Stars and Stripes' theme for 4th of July. The core of our project is to send motivational messages to patients and we wish to focus on that as much as possible. So you can use seasonal or holiday motifs and focus on sending motivational messages. 

Q: Can my company or corporation make cards for Project Smile AZ?

A: Yes, Anyone can contribute. Please avoid using your company logo or name in the cards as many hospitals have a non-soliciting policy and they may refuse the cards. 

Q: How can we contribute to the Kits for kids?

A:  You can collect and donate art supplies like

  • cardstock

  • crayons

  • color pencils

  • markers

  • stickers

  • Optional items -construction paper, scrapbooking supplies, precut shapes, paints etc

You may buy them off our Amazon Wishlist or feel free to bargain shop like we do to find a good deal and email us to coordinate a pick-up!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/35AMM4CCQVI8D?ref_=wl_share

Q: Tell us about the book drive?

A: We are collecting gently used books with the theme of #ReduceReuseRecycle and #education empowers for kids who need them. We are partnering with many organizations and you may also donate a new book if you like through our amazon wish list.