Great Bend Thrivent Financial Office Launches Cards of Hope

For Immediate Release

Contact: Melinda Kurth, Thrivent Financial

620-792-2465

Great Bend Thrivent Financial Office Launches Cards For Hope

GREAT BEND, KS - Melinda Kurth, Thrivent Financial Representative, recently announced the launch of her Cards For Hope campaign. The mission of this campaign is simple: to bring smiles and uplift the spirits of those battling cancer in our area by collecting and delivering greeting cards with encouraging words. Like many reading this, cancer has hit close to home for Melinda. After the passing of her brother, in 1997, and the loss several near and dear friends to the devastating disease, she decided she wanted to do something for those still fighting the fight.

"I have so many memories of my brother as he fought cancer, but some of the most treasured memories were watching him open funny cards and seeing him laugh out loud," Kurth remembers. "The gift of a smile or laugh is what he needed to lift his mood and help him escape his diagnosis, even if just for a moment."

Cards For Hope offers others an opportunity to participate in an easy way with a lasting impact. Throughout the months of June, July and August, everyone is invited to create or purchase cards meant to draw out smiles and laughs from the individuals receiving the cards.

Cards collected will be disbursed through partnering agencies like Heartland Cancer Center, Central Care Cancer Center, and area hospitals. Because of HIPPA regulations, names will not be provided. Greeting cards should be blindly addressed and will be delivered by the medical staff to those needing it most.

"We don't want people to feel like they have to stop at just a card, however. Cancer is an expensive disease, so we would love to see other items placed inside of the cards to further help the recipients."

Ideas of these additional items include: gift cards (to be used at grocery stores, restaurants, fuel centers, hotels), comic strips, pressed flowers, bookmarks, prayer cards, funny jokes, favorite recipes, inspirational poems or scriptures, and anything else that can be placed inside the card.

Groups are also invited to join the campaign by working on cards together. If your church, school or office like to be a collection site for the Cards For Hope cards? Contact Melinda Kurth and a box will be delivered to your location.

Signed greeting cards can be delivered to Thrivent Financial at 1311 Williams St., Great Bend, KS.

For questions on how you or your group can get involved in this annual campaign, call Melinda Kurth at 620-792-2465. More information and updates during the Cards For Hope campaign can be found on Melinda Kurth’s Thrivent Financial Facebook page, @melinda.kurth.thrivent.

About Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its members a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship.

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