Cheering For You

As usual, we’re going to start this blog post off right: being 100% open  and honest. If you look at the bottom of this post, you’ll see the links to our main website, as well as our six different social media accounts. We also have accounts on Pinterest and Snapchat that we don’t use very often. Although our president is pretty active on Twitter, we decided we should probably focus on Instagram and Facebook. With both platforms we can concentrate on posting pictures in our free time and have them show up throughout the day. We can recognize different groups for their participation plus give people ideas for what they could include in their cards. We first started increasing our activity on Instagram in April of 2016. Let’s look at some “Before” and “After” pictures showing how things have progressed.
Before:

After:


One of the key differences between the “Before” and “After” pictures is the “2 likes” vs. the “2 likes and 47 others.” In addition, the “After” picture is an Instagram post focused on the cards created—not the creators or recipients! One of the main differences is the recent increase in followers on our Instagram account. Now here’s where the honesty comes in. Do you want to know one of the main reasons why? It’s thanks to the “@a_little_helps_a_lot” account: this organization connects cheerleaders who are interested in volunteering and giving back. They’ve been encouraging their followers to get involved with Cardz for Kidz! and make cards. Right after they posted information about how we were going to partner together, we immediately saw an increase in followers and started getting more likes on one of our targeted social media platforms. Actually, they’ve been helping us on both Instagram and Facebook. Here are some of their “Helper Bees” posting on Instagram about making cards:


They have alsobeen sharing some of our Facebook posts—specifically the posts where we request for people to make more cards:



No they haven’t made a world renown number of cards, but YES they have gotten people across the globe to make cards—we’ve even received cards from one of their followers in Australia!! Thanks to this fruitful partnership, we’ve been able to connect with some of their followers, including Bella—who’s made some amazing cards; if Q4 2016 wasn’t already a record-breaking quarter, she’d probably have multiplecards in the OVERALL Top 10! Here are some of her creations:


In summary, we’re VERY thankful that our friends at A Little Helps A Lot continue to help us in many different ways. Not only do they encourage their followers to make cards, they pretty much said, “We’re here and we’re CHEERING FOR YOU and the children you reach!” And for that we’re forever thankful.
To see more pictures and stories, please check out our website www.cardzforkidz.org; like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter and Instagram; visit our Google+ or LinkedIn pages! Also, check out some of our videos on YouTube!

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