Haley Burgess, Founder
Haley Burgess, now a student at UMass Amherst, started Cards for Kids (CFK) in November 2009 after facing her own health struggles. During her recovery, she received many cards of support from friends and family. It was then that Haley realized the importance of cards and the encouraging messages inside: they truly helped her to heal. This inspired Haley to want to help others going through difficult situations by sending them handmade and painted cards, spreading words of hope, strength, and love. Since the project began, over 14,000 cards have been made by volunteers of all ages from the United States to Canada to England to Australia. These volunteers are girl scouts, boy scouts, high school students, professional artists, community service groups, among many colleges and universities such as Michigan State University, Quincy University, the University of Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania State University. CFK currently has sent cards to over 25 organizations, shelters, and hospitals around the world in places like Africa, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and Asia. Haley has been recognized for her dedication and compassion to help others in various newspapers, articles, and TV interviews.