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Bethesda kids turn sports cards into charity
Andrew Berube's sports card collection got so big, his mother said he needed to do something about it. His answer was to do something charitable. Andrew, 10, and his friend Ben LeBlanc, 13, formed DC Ambassador for Cards2Kids, a local affiliate of an Illinois nonprofit started to share sports cards with young people in need.
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Makowiec's house of cards will keep standing tall
John Makowiec's home is swimming in sports cards. His room is filled with them, and even more lie in the closet. There are two million of them, and they keep on accumulating—by the thousands.
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Upper Deck Honors Cards2Kids Teen Founder
John Makowiec was the latest recipient of the Upper Deck "Heroic Inspirations" trading card at the National Sports Collections Convention.
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John Makowiec Awarded with a Heroic Inspirations Trading Card from Upper Deck at the National Sports Collectors Convention
John Makowiec was honored by Upper Deck at the VIP Reception at National Sports Collections Convention where the young entrepreneur received his own trading card.
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Cards2Kids partnering with Upper Deck at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention
Upper Deck will be partnering up with one of our favorite charitable organizations during the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention; Cards2Kids! They are a non-profit charity dedicated to getting cards in the hands of young collectors who are in children’s hospitals or youth groups.
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Please Thanks These Teens and Volunteer to Keep Card2Kids Going and Growing
John Makowiec and his friends, New Trier High School juniors, have collected and distributed over 2 million sports memorabilia cards to children’s charities like the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital through the nonprofit John started, Cards 2 Kids.
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Chicago-area teen starts charity from childhood passion
Ever since John Makowiec strolled into a local hobby shop at 5 years old, he was hooked. He loved to collect sports cards. Baseball, football, basketball or hockey--it didn’t matter. He longed for the feeling of thumbing through a freshly opened pack, and he wanted to share that joy with others.
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It’s in the cards for New Trier students’ charity
As a sports card collector, New Trier High School junior John Makowiec knows the thrill one gets from opening a new pack of cards. After working with a charity service club at school Makowiec wanted to start his own charity that was more specific to his interests. He decided to combine his love of cards with helping children in hospitals.
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NHL Players Create Video for Cards2Kids
The NHLPA and Upper Deck enlisted NHL up-and-comers Dougie Hamilton, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner and Mark Visentin to star in video for Cards2Kids.
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Upper Deck Collector Community Creates Videos to Support Cards2Kids
The Upper Deck Volunteer Alliance, a community of collectors dedicated to growing and improving the hobby of sports card collecting, has created a series of videos to promote the work of Cards2Kids.
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Hopewell Valley freshman Schragger an Ambassador for Cards2Kids
Ben Schragger found a niche. The soon-to-be 15-year-old tennis player and Hopewell Valley High freshman recently became an East Coast Ambassador for Cards2Kids, a nonprofit organization that collects new and used sports cards and distributes them to sick and underprivileged kids.
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Baseball cards and charity: A teenager’s mission
I’m a sports card collector. We know this. This has been proven. A few years back, I donated a few thousands of my cards to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mercer County.
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Donate Your Time to Cards2Kids Charity
We’ve talked about a great charity called Cards2Kids before, but this weekend they could really use your help. And all they are looking for you to donate is a little bit of your time.
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Experiential Excursion and the Power of Place, by John Makowiec
Last December I started a charity called Cards2Kids. Ever since I visited the local hobby shop, Bleachers, at age five, all I have been interested in is sportscards. I want to allow others, especially those less fortunate, to have thesame joy of collecting sports cards.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Blog – Read Article

Calling All Cards! Cards2Kids Charity Looking For Help in Bringing Smiles to Kids in Need!
Upper Deck salutes the efforts of Cards2Kids and calls on others to help them turn sports cards into smiles.
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Cards2Kids Founder Named Finalist for Prudential Spirit of Community Award
John Makowiec, founder of Cards2Kids, was named as a "Distinguished Finalist" in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which honors middle and high school students for outstanding volunteer service to their community.
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Upper Deck Salutes Collectors Giving Back to Kids
Another charity that Upper Deck has worked a lot with is called Cards2Kids and they were founded by a high school student named John Makowiec.
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Amazing Student Launches Campaign to Bring Cards to Kids
Some stories have to be told. When I first heard of this one, I had no choice. I had to tell it.
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A High School Student Encourages You to Give ‘Cards to Kids’
Have you ever seen the look on a kid’s face when they open their first pack of cards? It is just awesome to see their reaction and excitement around which players they get from a pack. Unfortunately not ever kid has the ability to open a pack of cards and there are some who could really use the joy that a pack of cards can provide.
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Teen Turns Card Collecting Into Philanthropy
John Makowiec, a sophomore at New Trier High School, took his love of collecting sports cards and started a charity called Cards To Kids.
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Cards to Kids is Teen’s Charitable Passion
He stood outside the gates to Wrigley Field on Saturday, doing a little collecting. 15-year-old Jon Makowiec wasn't after autographs, though. He was there to collect unwanted baseball, football, basketball and hockey cards for kids who could use a little pick me up. Makowiec is the young man behind Cards for Kids, a philanthropic initiative he's put together in the Chicago area.
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Chicago Cubs, Baseball Tomorrow Fund To Host Equipment Collection
This year's collection will also include a baseball card drive in partnership with cardstokids.org; a non-profit organization started by 15-year-old John Makowiec that collects new and used trading cards to share with kids at Children's Memorial Hospital, the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Inner City Youth Baseball League.
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New Trier student organizes sports card donation event at Wrigley
"We collect used and new sports cards, package them and provide them to kids at Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Boys and Girls Clubs," explained Makowiec in a letter to potential donors. "Since collecting sports cards is one of my favorite things to do, I wanted to do something involving them."
Winnetka.SunTimes.com - Read Article

Teen Turns Trading Card Passion Into Purpose
For many kids, giving back is not at the top of their list of fun things to do in their free time. John Makowiec, 15, isn't like most kids. Makowiec runs Cards to Kids, a non-profit that specializes in delivering sports cards to needy, or bed-ridden children.
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