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Each greeting card, a memory in the making and in the giving

The holidays are a wonderful time of year. We look forward to celebrating with foods, friends and fellowship. Each year, I look forward to receiving holiday cards from those who live outside of the area or from people that I don’t see very often. I get cards from high school classmates, family that lives throughout the states and from friends that my family has made over the years. It is exciting to receive their cards, but it is fun to get a letter or maybe a photo that shows kids or grandchildren!

We have a group here at The Center that meets on Monday and Friday mornings to handcraft recycled greeting cards. This group will accept donations of used greeting cards; birthday, anniversary, holidays or get well and make them into new greeting cards that are beautiful! Each card front and inside is cut out with scrapbooking scissors, glued onto color coordinating paper and then adhered to linen card stock. The recycled greeting cards are sold with a matching linen envelope for 50 cents in The Center’s Gift Shop.

In past years, I have sent recycled Christmas cards to family and they always comment on the uniqueness of the cards. It is an easy way to make someone feel really special! We have a great variety to choose from; you are sure to find just the right card for each person on your list.

I encourage you to stop in the Gift Shop and look at the greeting cards; if you would like to place an order for your Christmas list, you can do that also. Then you can pick them all up at one time. While you are at The Gift Shop, you may want to do some Christmas shopping also. We have wonderful handcrafted items at great prices. The Gift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd. You will be amazed at what you find!

DEANN BARRY is The Center director.