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The Heartwarming “Caring Messages” Greeting Card Contest Winners

Hallmark "Caring Card" contest winners

When words of hope and love sprout from personal experience, they warm your heart.

For proof, just take a look at the winning entries in the “Caring Messages” greeting card contest from CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards.

During National Family Caregiving Month in November, CaringBridge and Hallmark asked people to design inspirational greeting cards that celebrate those who work tirelessly to help people in need.

Some of the winning designs are funny. Others are touching and emotional. All of them express the love, hope and compassion that define a good caregiver – and the CaringBridge mission.

Check out all of the winners below and let us know in the comments section which ones are your favorites.

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Bad Day Bird – Brook B. – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Bad Day Bird – Brook B. – Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Being an active outdoors woman and amateur nature photographer was the perfect combination to capture the inspiration for this card. The text inside urges you to “Hang in there!” and reminds you that “Things can only get better.” Her hope is the card will help brighten someone else’s day.

Transition Caregiver – Cinde C. – Tampa Bay, Fla.

Transition Caregiver – Cinde C. – Tampa Bay, Fla.

Cinde was walking her dog when she encountered this peaceful and beautiful sunset. The scene took her breath away and provided the inspiration for this winning card. During her time as a caregiver for her mother, Cinde remembered how simple comforts like a beautiful photo and kind words helped her get through tough times

Asked Everyone To Pray – Cindy H. – Wenatchee, Wash.

Asked Everyone To Pray – Cindy H. – Wenatchee, Wash.

The inspiration for this card came from the loving support of her husband and prayers of so many others as Cindy spent five years in a successful battle with cancer. Due to this experience and many others, she is a firm believer in the healing power of prayer.

One Tough Cookie – Diane S. – Oxford, Pa.

One Tough Cookie – Diane S. – Oxford, Pa.

Diane is a proud mother of three and her family is the most important thing in her life. This winning design, featuring her youngest daughter, was created to be a bright spot in the life of someone working hard to be strong in a tough situation.

Thank You For Believing – Dorann W. – Brown Mills, N.J.

Thank You For Believing – Dorann W. – Brown Mills, N.J.

Dorann has always admired her friends and family who stay strong and positive in difficult situations. This card, featuring a fist of triumph, was created as a way to honor their fighting spirit.

Just Whistle Dog – Eva C. – Dallas, Tex.

Just Whistle Dog – Eva C. – Dallas, Tex.

“Whenever you need me… I’ll come running. Just whistle.” Once Eva captured a photo of the sweet and loving expression of a rescue pug, she knew it would make the perfect cover for a card. The inspiration for the final design came from the kind and caring people that have inspired her to become a better person.

Girl Followed By Ducks – Jami B. – Orange Park, Fla.

Girl Followed By Ducks – Jami B. – Orange Park, Fla.

It has always been a dream of Jami’s to create greeting cards. For this winning card, Jami drew inspiration from her time dealing with several chronic illnesses. She hopes the card provides a lift to others facing difficult challenges.

Right Beside You – Jana M. – Carmel, Ind.

Right Beside You – Jana M. – Carmel, Ind.

Jana understands the language of caring in a special way and the importance of having a loving partner beside you. She drew inspiration for this card as kind caregivers helped her beloved father-in-law, who is battling a serious illness.

Ordinary To Extraordinary – Laurie M. – Sunbury, Ohio

Ordinary To Extraordinary – Laurie M. – Sunbury, Ohio

The inspiration for Laurie’s winning design came from her sister, Claire, who embodies the caregiving spirit. Claire is a caregiver for foster children and aims to make any ordinary situation extraordinary. The everyday hero on this card is Claire’s grandson.

A Ton On Your Plate – Lindsey R. – Port Saint Lucie, Fla.

A Ton On Your Plate – Lindsey R. – Port Saint Lucie, Fla.

When Lindsey was creating this card, she had a simple wish: to remind all the amazing, inspiring caregivers out there that they are strong enough to handle even the biggest challenges on their plate.

The First Step – Melissa S. – Frisco, Tex.

The First Step – Melissa S. – Frisco, Tex.

Melissa teaches her children that in almost any situation, hope is the first step. Her aim for this winning card is to encourage everyone to start with hope and know that everything else will follow.

I’ve Traveled This Road – Paula M. – Chilton, Wis.

I’ve Traveled This Road – Paula M. – Chilton, Wis.

Paula enjoys an active lifestyle, biking and skydiving, but has been in her fair share of tough situations, which is the inspiration for this winning design. Her hope is the greeting card will push others to never give up, no matter what road they are traveling down.

Don’t Let Them Go – Paula G. – Somerset, Wis.

Don’t Let Them Go – Paula G. – Somerset, Wis.

There is nothing more important to Paula than her family, which is why this photo inspired her to enter the greeting card contest. Paula’s hope is for this card to brighten the day of others, just like her daughter does for her every day.

Keeping An Eye Out – Rebecca F. – Newark, Del.

Keeping An Eye Out – Rebecca F. – Newark, Del.

Rebecca’s entry was inspired by looking back to a time when her son was on life support at age 12. She remembers how the little things, like running a few errands or grabbing a cookie, really helped her family lift their spirits. The inside of the card says, “Thank you for keeping an eye out for me!”

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CaringBridge and Hallmark

CaringBridge and Hallmark have teamed up to offer a beautiful array of cards to show you care. Spread the love, share a laugh and make someone feel extra special with a customizable card.

Being an active outdoors woman and amateur nature photographer was the perfect combination to capture the inspiration for this card. The text inside urges you to “Hang in there!” and reminds you that “Things can only get better.” Her hope is the card will help brighten someone else’s day.Cinde was walking her dog when she encountered this peaceful and beautiful sunset. The scene took her breath away and provided the inspiration for this winning card. During her time as a caregiver for her mother, Cinde remembered how simple comforts like a beautiful photo and kind words helped her get through tough timesThe inspiration for this card came from the loving support of her husband and prayers of so many others as Cindy spent five years in a successful battle with cancer. Due to this experience and many others, she is a firm believer in the healing power of prayer.Diane is a proud mother of three and her family is the most important thing in her life. This winning design, featuring her youngest daughter, was created to be a bright spot in the life of someone working hard to be strong in a tough situation.Dorann has always admired her friends and family who stay strong and positive in difficult situations. This card, featuring a fist of triumph, was created as a way to honor their fighting spirit.“Whenever you need me…  I’ll come running. Just whistle.” Once Eva captured a photo of the sweet and loving expression of a rescue pug, she knew it would make the perfect cover for a card. The inspiration for the final design came from the kind and caring people that have inspired her to become a better person.It has always been a dream of Jami’s to create greeting cards. For this winning card, Jami drew inspiration from her time dealing with several chronic illnesses. She hopes the card provides a lift to others facing difficult challenges.Jana understands the language of caring in a special way and the importance of having a loving partner beside you. She drew inspiration for this card as kind caregivers helped her beloved father-in-law, who is battling a serious illness.The inspiration for Laurie’s winning design came from her sister, Claire, who embodies the caregiving spirit. Claire is a caregiver for foster children and aims to make any ordinary situation extraordinary.  The everyday hero on this card is Claire’s grandson.When Lindsey was creating this card, she had a simple wish: to remind all the amazing, inspiring caregivers out there that they are strong enough to handle even the biggest challenges on their plate.Melissa teaches her children that in almost any situation, hope is the first step. Her aim for this winning card is to encourage everyone to start with hope and know that everything else will follow.Paula enjoys an active lifestyle, biking and skydiving, but has been in her fair share of tough situations, which is the inspiration for this winning design. Her hope is the greeting card will push others to never give up, no matter what road they are traveling down.There is nothing more important to Paula than her family, which is why this photo inspired her to enter the greeting card contest. Paula’s hope is for this card to brighten the day of others, just like her daughter does for her every day.Rebecca’s entry was inspired by looking back to a time when her son was on life support at age 12. She remembers how the little things, like running a few errands or grabbing a cookie, really helped her family lift their spirits. The inside of the card says, “Thank you for keeping an eye out for me!”Hallmark "Caring Card" contest winners

About the Author:

Melissa Maggio is the Senior Public Relations Specialist at CaringBridge.

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27 Replies

  • By Eva

    Wonderful card!

  • By Trish

    I love the heart, the stories and the real-world wisdom in these cards.

  • By Susan

    Right beside you – nothing says love like the a furry companion. How touching.

  • By Holly

    Right Beside You – warms my heart just by looking at the card. Just lovely.

  • By Elizabeth

    Love Right Beside You. Love how a special memory can help others.

  • By Debbie Weddle

    What a touching photo. This photo clearly shows the unspoken love and comfort between a man & his best friend!

  • By Roberta

    Love Right Beside You – We all get such unconditional love and support from our pets!

  • By Jana

    Each and every one of these cards offers a uniquely different and heart-felt message. I love them all and am honored to be included in this group!

  • By Gretchen

    All of these cards are wonderful! You should sell them as an assortment – it’s too hard to choose. Thank you, Caring Bridge for being there for those who need you most. You are a God-send.

    • By Kristin Boehm

      Gretchen,
      Thank you so much for your nice comment. The cards are available individually on the Hallmark website. An assortment is a great idea too!

  • By Donna Traino

    Wonderful array of cards, it is often very hard to find an appropriate card to send. Will any of the cards be available for sale?

    • By Kristin Boehm

      Donna,
      Thanks for your comment. The cards are all available for purchase on the Hallmark website. Use code CARE20 at checkout to save 20% on your order.

  • By Rose Fagerstrom

    Every one attests to the courage, strength,
    pain and suffering that every patient and family experiences when diagnosed with this monster of a disease.

  • By Sandi French

    The cards are so lovely and inspiring – I too, would like to know when they are are available for purchase – my hope is that a portion of the sale will go to Caring Bridge. .

    • By Kristin Boehm

      Hi Sandi,
      Thank you! The cards are available now on the Hallmark website. Use code CARE20 at checkout to save 20% on your order.

  • By Mary Sheridan

    These are wonderful. If I had to choose one, it would the “I’ve asked the whole world to pray for you” – the squirrel. Sweet. I assume they’ll be for sale.

    • By Kristin Boehm

      Mary,
      That’s right – the cards are available on the Hallmark website, and you can use code CARE20 at checkout to save 20% on your order.

      The squirrel is pretty cute. Hallmark just posted a news article about that contest winner on their Facebook page.

  • By Fran McWilliams

    I am so inspired by each message on these cards and like others I do hope they would go on here to purchase. I just love them

  • By Willi Ryan

    Please make an assortment of cards to sell. These are wonderful!

    • By Kristin Boehm

      Hi Willi,
      An assortment is a wonderful idea. The cards are available for purchase individually on the Hallmark website. Use code CARE20 at checkout to save 20% on your order.

  • By June Bloom

    The cards really speak to your heart.

  • By Elaine Szalay

    Laura Szalay, you are wonderful. Remember you are a winner and you will no longer have this in your life. Your light stands out as a beacon to others. How do we help. “One by one”.
    And, remember to tell a friend to have a pap. Even if a hysterectomy has taken place.
    May the world become cancer free.
    Love,
    Mom

    • By Laura Ashburn

      Hi Elaine,
      We received a message from you that may have been intended for someone’s CaringBridge Site Guestbook. To add your message to the Guestbook:

      1. View the site.
      -Depending on the privacy level the family has chosen, you may be asked to log in or enter the site password.
      2. Click ‘Guestbook’ from the site’s main menu.
      3. Click ‘Sign My Guestbook.’
      -If not already logged in, you will be asked to log in here.
      4. Enter your message in the text editing box, and click ‘post.’

      Your message will be instantly added to the Guestbook for the site author and other visitors to read. If you have trouble entering your message, please contact us again.

      Laura, CaringBridge

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