Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
When I was 18 years old, my Daddy was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. In fact, when he was diagnosed, he was one of only 5 people with the same form of cancer in all of North America. I was a single mom, still living at home, and working a full time job, but every second that I spent at home, I spent taking care of my Daddy. It was a lot of hard work. It was a lot of sleepless nights, and hardly any rest. He was so sick and required so much care. And it broke my heart to see my Daddy, the strongest man I knew, withering away because of cancer.
I never took care of Daddy for recognition or because I “had” to. I did it because I loved him, and I wanted him to know that I would be there to help him in any way that I could.
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to care for someone they love? If so, please keep reading. I want to tell you about a special contest that Hallmark Cards and CaringBridge have put together.
The contest is called the “Caring Messages” card contest, and it will be held during National Caregiver Month.
From October 28th through November 17th, the “Caring Messages” card contest asks participants to draw on their personal experiences – either as a caregiver themselves, or as someone that receives care – and create a message of love and support that is appropriate for a caregiver. Those that participate can submit one card idea in each of the following categories on www.hallmarkcontests.com:
- Support & Encouragement: What can you say to help them get through the day, or lift up their spirits? Let them know you are thinking of them, and cheer them on with happy thoughts.
- Compliments & Appreciation: Let someone know how much you admire them because of what they do and how they do it.
- Words from the Wise: If you have ever been a caregiver for someone you love, you know what it’s like. Write a supportive message for others based on what you’ve learned or what you needed to hear when you were caring for a loved one.
The goal of the contest is to provide patients, caregivers, and supports with love, hope, and compassion. Winners will be announced in February and will receive a cash prize. Their entry will then be sold at Hallmark.com with in-store sale to be determined.
If you have a word of encouragement or love to share with someone that is caring for others, please take a moment to enter the “Caring Messages” contest.