Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Call For Cards - Please help =)

As we all know, there are times in this beautiful crafty world where bigger parts of life come into play.  More serious parts of life.  Well, one such part of life has come my way.  It's on the periphery of my life but more centralized to someone special in my darling brother's life.

My brother's dear friend and former roommate, Ryan, was involved in an accident on a Saturday afternoon in April 2011 in New Orleans, while riding his bike to meet up with friends.  The facts of the accident remain unclear but Ryan did sustain a brain injury.  As a side note - Ryan moved from CA to NOLA after Katrina to live there and help/work with the relief efforts to help the citizens of NOLA rebuild.  Ya...he's an amazing young man.  

So - what am I asking of you?  I'm asking you to think of him, send blessings, prayers, white light, love and healing (however you manifest those thoughts and feelings) in the form of cards to send his way.  Here is the post that his family put up:

Here is the link to the call for cards for Ryan.

You can read the information further on his blog or you can read the snippet that I've added below:

"On a separate note, Ryan has received a few cards recently and seems to really enjoy opening them and looking at them. We would really like to continue showering him with cards! Below is his address at the hospital if you'd like to send him one. These can also be useful with his rehabilitation by triggering memories. To help his parents and therapists in explaining the cards to Ryan, it'd be great if you could include a picture of yourself and/or a description of how you know each other (i.e. college, work, etc.). Another idea would be to write about a great story or memory you and Ryan share together. Thanks and have a good weekend."

Ryan’s Address:

Trinity Neurologic Rehabilitation Center
Attn: Ryan Porcelli, Room 131B
1400 Lindberg Drive
Slidell, LA 70458

If you could be SO lovely to send a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) card to Ryan, I KNOW that it would make his day, put a smile on his face, and bring him encouragement and strength for the long and healing road that lies ahead of him.

To avoid confusion, please write somewhere in the card that you are a friend of Meredith Winston - Ethan Goldstein's sister.  That way Ryan will have a frame of reference as to where the card originated from.

As a thank you to all who send a card to Ryan I will have a small prize for each of you.  I'm not entirely sure what yet but I will get back to you.  Just to say thank you for sending a card to a lovely and cherished friend in need.  I've just sent off THIS card and plan on doing another one next week.  In order to receive your prize from me, please post your creation on your blog (if you have one) and leave a comment here after you've mailed a card to Ryan.  Please make sure that I have a way of getting in touch with you =)  If you don't have a blog that's ok, just leave me a comment with your info.

Also - (and I know I'm asking a lot) but if you could forward this to anyone you know that might send a card out I'd be greatly appreciative!!  I think it's a very worthy cause and something that all of us can easily do with all of the boxes of cards we have lying around!  =)

I truly and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read this and hopefully drop a fun and cheery card in the mail to Ryan.

Here is the fabulous prize pack that will be given to each person who sends a card to Ryan!!

Please link your cards using the Inlinkz tool here:

Don't hesitate to let me know if you have ANY questions!!

Thank you so much my darling crafty friends!!



Alison said...

Meredith, it is SO sweet and thoughtful that you are doing this for Ryan! You are awesome!

Laura B said...

I'm more than willing to send him a card, it's so very nice of you to spread the word about this! I do have a question: Do you know what any of his interests are? Or even favorite colors? I just thought it might help since they're trying to trigger memories.:)

Owen said...

Consider this a totally done deal, thinkking zen doodle...Will work on this right after we get home from vacation!

THERESA said...

This is so thoughtful of you, will do a blog post tonight about this and will also send him a few cards, staggered, all the way from sunny South Africa!!
lotsa luv

Jenn Borjeson said...

Done, my friend - and I'll send more, too. xoxoxoxo

Rachel Miller said...

I lived in Natalbany, Louisiana when Katrina hit. Although we did not get as much damage as NOLA did, amazing young men such as Ryan helping to rebuild NOLA were then and are still very much appreciated. I am so sorry for what has happened to him.
I now live in Tickfaw, Louisiana which isn't to far from Natalbany {LOL}. I will bve sending out a card to Ryan tomorrow.

My thoughts and Prayers are with Ryan and his family.

Rachel Miller

Ellis said...

Is there anything special Ryan likes that I should make a card with?
Would love to help and send a card to him!
Hugs, Elenor

Linby said...

I heard about this through tiddlyinks and more than happy to help. I have a card ready to post out tomorrow and have also put about it on my blog. Well done for organising this.

Jules said...

A card is on its way to Ryan, Meredith! Blessings to Ryan & you as well, for paying it forward!

Starla B. said...

You are such a sweet lady. I will be making a card for Ryan for sure.

*Alison* said...

Meredith.. :)
My card is made, linked up and ready to go out! :) hope it helps.. let me know if you need anything else.. HUGS

Mette said...

Dear Meredith

Card for Ryan is made and sent today. I hope it will brighten his day and make him smile. We need more young men like him in this world :).

Thank you for making us a part of this and I am so pleased to be a part of this.

Hugs, Mette

monique said...

Will sent card from the netherlands tommorow, hope it will arrive soon

Susan said...

Meredith, I have the button on my blog and plan on a post about it hoping to draw some attention of my other card making colleagues! I just want to check on how his cognition is doing. Would cards from strangers be ok at this point, or would they add to his confusion? Thanks, Susan (member of SnS)

Ellis said...

I'm sending my card in the morning! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Ellis said...

Good that the link finally worked! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Ginger said...

Sending my card out today. Good thoughts are with him!

Morgan said...

Card has been sent out today, it will take 7-10 days to travel from Australia to the US. Have also posted the card and details with a link on my blog to here. Wishing Ryan a speedy recovery.

Kelli said...

Meredith, this is awesome!! My daughter and I have made cards and they are going in the mail today!

DK Spins said...

This is awesome of you Meredith! My card is ready to mail and I'll wait til you have Ryan's new address. Wrote you an email a couple of days ago about him at your gmail addy with a question. If you have a chance, I'd love a reply. take care, Dianne

ike said...

Hi Meredith,
My card is all done and ready to go and I am watching the Blog. I see Ryan has now been moved to Slidell and am waiting to see the update for the new address.
Ike xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith, I live in Sulphur, LA, where we housed many people who evacuated from New Orleans. A few weeks later, we had to evacuate ourselves from Rita {and took a pretty good licking ourselves, but made it back}. I will be sending cards to Ryan, but not posting. I want nothing in return, just the satisfaction that I could make some good persons' day in some small way. God bless you, my friend.
Hugz, Sharon

Monica said...

It is so thoughtful of you to do this exercise... came to know from crafty Linby's site about Ryan. I am going to be posting the card tomorrow and it should take anything like 2 weeks to a month to reach him. And I do so hope that he has made a decent recovery by then.

xxx Monica

Sara said...

Meredith... I am so glad that you shared this with me (Smeared & Smudged! I am happy to send out a card to help out! I have also posted your Card Drive For Ryan at Paper Creations Ink ( If you would like me to contact Feline Playful to have them add it to there RAK area... just give me a shout! It would NOT be a problem!! I hope this really helps Ryan! I will keep my eye on your blog... if you need more cards sent feel free to send me an email and I will see what we can do as a Card Drive through Paper Creations Ink!

Have a wonderful week! And Ryan's card will be in the mail tomorrow!
Sara a.k.a. Eternal Princess Ryan

Hazel said...

I've just added my link and his card is waiting to go in the post in the morning,
H xx

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