Throughout the year, we send cards for birthdays (for youth ages 6-16). We also send cards of encouragement to youth and to their staff and social workers.

You can send us a few cards whenever you are inspired – birthday cards, encouragement cards, or both. When we receive notification from our partner organizations about upcoming birthdays, we will put together a selection of cards for each child. We anticipate having a about a dozen birthdays each month, and we send encouragement cards to youth and social workers throughout the year. This is a great activity to do with a youth group, co-workers, or family members!

Because of legal guidelines protecting the youth we serve, and the high rate of turnover at the facilities we partner with, we are not able to share the names, genders, or ages of the children in advance. (Except at Christmas – read our Cards of Hope FAQs to learn more.)

How To Send Cards

  1. Choose a fun selection of birthday and/or encouragement cards (for youth and/or social workers) and please write a message inside each one. Your message doesn’t need to be elaborate. You can simply wish them well and let them know you are thinking of them on their birthday or “just because.” Sign your name, and tell them where you live if you’d like.
  2. Please leave the envelopes unsealed. Write your first name, city, and state in the return-address portion of the envelope and leave the rest blank: we will address them for you.
  3. Put your card(s) in a larger envelope and mail them to:
    Braid Mission
    312 Georgia St., Suite 235
    Vallejo CA 94590
    -Including stamps with your cards is not required but much appreciated.
  4. We take care of the rest! We will address the envelopes and mail them individually to each child by their birthday.

You can contribute toward postage and the cost of birthday cakes and other gifts for the children at our online donation page (put “birthday cakes” or “Cards of Hope” in the comments section).

You can read our Cards of Hope FAQs if you have more questions about the process.

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