Many foster youth won’t spend the holidays with friends and families, and they probably won’t receive everything they want. Our Cards of Hope program mails individual holiday cards to each of them, written by kind-hearted people from all over the country.

How to send cards for the holidays:

  1. Choose a card for each child and write a message inside. Please use the child’s first name when you write your message. The children’s names are:
    girls: Angelita, Catelynn, Destiny, Haniya, Khaliyah, Kyra, Larissa (*ADDED 11/21), Mackenzie, Michaela, Vanessa
    boys: Aayden, Dean, Taylor, Tey’Jon
    These children are ages 7-12. In your messages, you can wish them well for the holidays and the New Year and let them know you are thinking of them. Sign your name, and tell them where you live if you’d like.**If you can, please include an extra card, written without an individual child’s name, that we can use for children who arrive during the month of December.
  2. Please leave the envelopes unsealed. Write your first name and your city and state in the return address portion of the envelope. You can write their first name in the address area of the card. We take care of the rest! We address them and mail them individually to each child for you.
  3. Put your card(s) in a larger envelope and mail them to:
    Braid Mission
    312 Georgia St.
    Vallejo CA 94590
  4. We must receive your cards by December 10 to get them to the children by Christmas.
  5. Including stamps with your cards is not necessary but much appreciated. If you would like to help with the cost of postage for this project, you can make a donation here.

If you have more questions about the details of sending your cards, check out our Cards of Hope FAQs.

The group home has also created a holiday wish list of items the youth can enjoy together – toys, books, games, sports equipment, art supplies, and more. Click here to purchase an item that will be sent directly to the group home for Christmas. Please be sure to select the Braid Holiday Wish List’s Gift Registry Address as the shipping address!

Throughout the year, we send cards for birthdays and encouragement to youth and to their staff and social workers. To hear the latest news about Braid and Cards of Hope, please scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for our e-news.

Thank you notes:

from emails received from a social worker at the group home after Christmas 2018 —

“The children were over the moon…THE MOON with all the cards. It took them over a week to go through all of them because each wanted to take their time and read them word for word. All of our kids who were lucky to be able to go with a loved one during Christmas insisted on taking the cards with them so they could share them with their families. And the gifts!! My word, the gifts were all HUGE HITS! The kids have spent an inordinate amount of time outside with their new goals and balls. Also trying out those telescopes in the middle of the day (because they are too impatient to wait for nighttime!) When I left one of the houses today all the kids were sitting around the table doing various arts and crafts with their new kits. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them that quiet. There really are no words…I know I say this all the time, but truly, I am just so speechless with the generosity of your donors. The way the kids’ eyes light up, the way they all say ‘This is for me?’ as we hand them their bundle, it’s just so beautiful and magical. I so wish we could photograph those moments to share. Thank you thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”