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Card Angels One Year Anniversary

By Kathy Brown.

A year ago, Jessie Bernier asked people to gather at the Brainerd Memorial Library on June 10, 2017, to make greeting cards in honor of her Aunt Linda Serus Holubesko (see original story HERE) who passed away in 2012. When her Aunt Linda was in a rehab center for her last birthday, Jessie saw how “gloomy and lonely a place like that can be.” She and her friends and co-workers made birthday cards for her and it touched her, so Jessie decided to start a group to brighten other people’s lives in her aunt’s honor. A group of between five and 14 people have met once a month for the last year, and made over 750 cards (their original goal was 680 cards, because the group was started on what would have been Jessie’s aunt’s 68th birthday).

Cards for delivery

Jessie has delivered 600 cards to Chesterfields in Chester, Middlesex Cancer Center in Middletown, Smilow Cancer Center in Guilford, Water’s Edge in Middletown, Middlesex Care Center in Middletown, Elmcrest in Moodus, Middlesex Cancer Center in Westrbook, Apple Rehab in Colchester, and Harington Court in Colchester. One of the next deliveries will be to the Cancer Center at Yale. “Thank you for helping me keep Linda Serus Holubesko’s legacy alive,” said Jessie. “My Ciocie Linda was one of those truly special people who always sent a card for every occasion.”

If you would like to join the Card Angels, they meet on the second or third Thursday of each month at Brainerd Memorial Library, on the lower level, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The next three meetings will be June 14, July 12, and August 16, 2018. Even if you drop by for half an hour, every little bit helps. No card making experience is necessary. For more information, see Jessie’s Card Angels Facebook page.

Donations of glue sticks/adhesive, bright/colorful scrapbook paper and embellishments/stickers are accepted and appreciated. The group is run entirely on donations.