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 focusing 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. You can donate new books through our amazon Wishlist. See under volunteer section or under blog to learn more.
3. Smile Art 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!
4. Food Drive: we are doing snack drive for teens at risk who need school snacks. You can donate though our amazon Wishlist.
5. Dental Hygiene Kits: for youth in need.
Check out our 'Volunteer' Section to learn more on other activities we are doing.
Q: Can we get volunteer hours for our service?
A: Yes! It's 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 we will verify hours. For time spent in organizing and doing an event like book drive/card drive or kit drive etc, please contact us directly by email to verify at ProjectSmileAZ@gmail.com
We require volunteers to submit picture proof of the volunteering activity after each event/session in order to approve volunteer hours. Please submit a signed media release form below with the pictures. In order to receive credit for volunteering, you can do any of the following:
If you have a volunteer form/document from a school or other organization, please email it with your details and date and time of service to Projectsmileaz@gmail.com for supervisor signature. The completed form will be e-mailed back to you.
If you sign up through a volunteer site, we can verify online through the portal for the site if available.
We respectfully ask for your honesty in reporting appropriate hours according to the effort put in. Please note to keep things uniform we require a minimum of 5 good quality cards per hour verified. Please send us cards in multiples of 5. We will round it down to the nearest 5.
Q: What are the requirements for the card?
A: Please note that we appreciate each and every card you send, however based on sending thousands of cards, here is the input we have received to make the best possible cards for the recipients.
We believe it is an honor to receive the card so we wish to make the best possible card for anyone receiving them.
Please note to keep things uniform we require a minimum of 5 good quality cards per hour verified. Please send us cards in multiples of 5. We will round it down to the nearest 5.
Each card folded should fit into an A5 or A9 envelope. ( a standard card stock cut into half and then folded or a sheet of cardstock folded into half)
Made on good quality thick cardstock. ( Do not make cards on blank white printer paper, index cards, construction paper)
Front of the card should be artistic or include a good message/stickers
Inside should contain a motivation quote. For example: “ Courage is not the strength to go on but going on when you don’t have the strength”, “Believe you can and you are halfway there”,“ Hope is passion for what's possible”,“ The brightest stars shine in the darkest night”
Sign with your ‘first name for Project smile AZ’( John for Project Smile AZ) or simply ‘Project Smile AZ’
We always appreciate envelopes with the cards, please do not seal the envelopes and send the cards and envelopes separately so we can verify. It takes us more time to take out and look at each and every card.
Please do not include any religious quotes or sending prayers as these are not acceptable to many and we wish to remain respectful to all.
Please do not write ‘get well soon’ or ‘feel better’ as many of these cards may go to someone with a terminal illness and many hospitals request that such terms not be included.
If you are sending cards on various themes, please put a post-it on the card for the theme, it helps us to sort them out.
Have fun and be yourself! Thank you for choosing to make a card.
Q: Can I share pictures from my volunteer activity?
A: Absolutely! we love to share and highlight our project team, after all, we are in it together! Please email us this signed media release form. For Mobile user, it is the pdf button at the bottom of the page.
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 have partnered with American Cancer Society to share hope messages and Love notes!
Cards for Veterans: Thank a veteran on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any day!! we regularly donate to Veterans across the nation.
Birthday Cards : for sharing to anyone in need especially youth to bring a smile on their special day.
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 :) and keep the envelopes and cards separate so we can sort the different themes.
Our Mailing address is
Project Smile AZ
P.O. Box 10477
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) and our oldest is 92 years old!. 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: Can we send holiday or seasonal cards?
A: Yes, holiday or seasonal cards are welcome. Our next coming seasonal card drive is for the "You are loved" theme (Due Feb10th 2022) to share with anyone in need especially children in foster homes or those affected by domestic violence or homicide or sex trafficking, and children with disabilities.
Please note that these are not Valentine's cards. Our goal is to send messages of love with the card saying 'You are Loved"
Please include a motivational message with the theme of love and kindness These would be shared on World Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb 17th, 2022
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
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!
For Mobile user the Wishlist is at the bottom of this page.
Q: Tell us about the book drive?
A: We are collecting gently used books with the theme of #ReduceReuseRecycle and #education empowers 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. We are doing a Book in a bag drive for Giving Tuesday and need new/gently used books for any age. We are in need of recyclable bags for sharing the books.