Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's Holiday Card Time Again

My annual holiday card feature bounces around the Globe from year to year; this year, it was featured on the front of the Globe's "Sidekick" pullout section.

November 22, 2007

Write on

Lylah M. Alphonse

Once the turkey-covered dishes are cleared, it's time to think about setting up the table to write the holiday cards. In keeping with the spirit of the season, several charities sell cards designed by local artists to benefit people right here at home. ... [More]

It's an abbreviate version that made it to press; for the skinny on the cards and the organizations offering them, read on...

Project Bread/The Walk for Hunger: There are 12 designs to choose from this year, with art from local painters. The cards are especially "green" -- they're printed in Massachusetts on paper that comes from easily renewable forests, using soy-based inks. A pack of 10 cards costs $12-$15; proceeds go to support soup kitchens, food pantries, and other hunger-fighting projects in Massachusetts. projectbread.org.

Pine Street Inn: Three new designs this year, with artwork donated to the cause. Proceeds benefit the Inn and their outreach and training programs for homeless men and women. A set of 10 cards is $15; large orders may be customized. pinestreetinn.org, 617-892-9178.

Friends of Boston's Homeless: Nine designs, all of them whimsical watercolors by Boston's own "Sidewalk Sam." Sets of 10 cards are $10 each; large orders may be customized. Proceeds benefit family homeless outreach programs. fobh.org, 617-534-2526.

Rosie's Place: Four scenes to choose from, plus other holiday gifts. Funds raised from the sale of the cards helps Rosie's place provide shelter to women. Packages of 10 cards, $15. rosiesplace.org, 617-318-0232.

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