John Makowiec is an impressive young man who founded Cards2Kids and we recently partnered with him for an international trading card drive in Toronto.
Upper Deck accepted trading card donations from collectors and dealers at the event throughout the weekend while the Cards2Kids team was on hand to help get the word out and collect all the submissions. They spent time with all the dealers and show attendees explaining how they could donate both at the show and in the future. John and his brother Jay handed out close to a thousand flyers on the program and collected close to 20,000 cards in just two days.
John and Jay had a lot of success encouraging collectors and dealers to donate to the cause.
From there they spent some long hours at the hotel organizing the cards and putting them in soft sleeve packs. They had received some special autograph and memorabilia cards so they were careful to make sure those got into some of the first packs that would be distributed. Together they also worked to make sure every pack had cards of some of the more well known stars and rookies to make it exciting for the kids who would receive them.
Hundreds of packs like this were donated to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto courtesy of Cards2Kids.
Then came one of the more exciting moments when the team got to actually deliver the packs to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. They had organized close to 700 special packs for the kids and worked with Caron Irwin, Donations coordinator for the Hospital for Sick Children to get them in the hands of the kids. The Hospital is still distributing these packs to sick kids which is really amazing the Cards2Kids team has been able to keep these youngsters smiling for so long.
John and Jay pose in front of the hospital before dropping off their large donation.
After they dropped off the donation, they made another trip by the show where they collected almost 10,000 additional cards that would be used for future promotions with kids.
Like the shirt says, Cards2Kids works to, "Trade Sports Cards for Smiles!"
“This was an amazing experience for Cards2Kids,” said John Makowiec. “We would like to thank Upper Deck and everyone who donated cards. Your contributions made this a complete success and you helped brighten the days of a lot of sick children. Our intention is to continue to reach out to collectors and encourage them to donate cards to help kids. If you have cards collecting dust, help us out by donating them today!”
To donate to Cards2Kids, you can send your cards or unused team bags to the address below:
141 West Jackson Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604
Cards2Kids also has two drop boxes at Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer shops in the Illinois area. Stop in today with your donations:
557 Chestnut Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Elite Sportscards, Comics & Gaming
2028 West Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618