Thursday, August 23, 2007

Greeting Cards Do Double Duty

Every year for almost 10 years now, I've written about the holiday cards sold by local non-profit organizations in the Boston area. The feature has run in different sections of The Boston Globe; it was in the Sunday Magazine for the last two years. The cards are almost always quite striking, sometimes showcasing artwork created by the people the organization helps, often displaying art donated by local artists. Take a look:

November 19, 2006

Comfort and Joy
Give a little, get a little with
holiday greeting cards that support local causes.

By Lylah M. Alphonse

It's the perfect opportunity to spread good cheer: Your holiday wishes can help others when you send cards that raise money for a cause. ... [More]

November 20, 2005

Cause for Greetings
Sending good cheer
while supporting good works.

By Lylah M. Alphonse

... Area artists donate designs - which range from whimsical watercolors, simple graphics, and snowy scenes of Boston landmarks to vibrant paintings, ethereal prints, and striking photographs - and the images are printed on high-quality card stock. Most cards are nondenominational, bearing wishes for peace and happiness, but ones specifically for Christmas or Hanukkah are also available. Depending on the size of your order, some cards can be customized as well. It's an easy way to make your holiday spending do a little more; the funds raised can help make a difference right here at home. ... [More]

You get the idea. The older holiday card stories are in the Globe's archives, which you can search online at

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