Mary Fitzpatrick is a Mooney listener from Oranmore in Co. Galway, and she e-mailed us earlier in the week. She listens to the show every day and says she’s always hearing Derek say "contact us with ANYTHING AT ALL" – so she thought – why not?
Mary's e-mail read:
Please ask your listeners what to do with old Christmas cards and Valentine cards etc. I feel guilty throwing them in the recycle bin. I tore up a few, but it seemed such a shame tearing up 'good wishes'.
SUGGESTIONS FOR MARY’S CARDS
So we’ve been investigating ways in which you can put your old greetings cards to use…
- First of all there are lots of creative things you can do with your old cards. You can cut them up, punch a little hole through them, tie a bit of string and use them as gift tags next year. If you have a pair of craft scissors you can get nice wavy sides on your gift tags.
- You can cut the bigger cards into circles and use them as nice festive lids for your plum puddings.
- You can fold them into little boxes that you can use as giftboxes or as Christmas tree decorations.
- You can cut out the front of the card, recycle the back of the card and give the fronts to a pre-school or a primary school to help make their own Christmas cards next year.
- But all these ideas involve hoarding your cards until next Christmas. If you want to get rid of them all NOW, and see them go to a good cause you can stick them all in an envelope and post them to BEAM Services, Barrow Haven, Regent Street, Bagenalstown ,Co Carlow They are a Special Needs Centre and they say they are crying out for old greetings cards. The staff and service-users make cards each week by upcycling old greetings cards and they sell them to raise funds for the centre. They will take Christmas cards, birthday cards, Valentines cards, Get Well Soon cards – ANY type of cards.
- And you can do a good deed with your used stamps too. The Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, are asking people to send them their used stamps. Don’t post them the full envelope, just tear the stamped corner off and send it. They then sell on the stamps to collectors to raise funds for their organisation.