Do­na­tions are in the cards

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Dear Heloise: My fam­ily and I re­cy­cle our Christ­mas and hol­i­day card fronts. We send them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Chil­dren, where the kids make them into new cards that are sold on­line and in their gift shops — such a wor­thy cause.

— Melissa in Ohio Melissa, here’s a Heloise hug for you. The card pro­gram teaches kids about run­ning a busi­ness, set­ting goals, time man­age­ment, qual­ity con­trol and other life and work skills.

Read­ers, here are some more points about the pro­gram:

• No Hall­mark, Amer­i­can Greet­ings or Dis­ney cards, due to copy­right re­stric­tions.

• Brand-new cards are also ac­cepted, with en­velopes or with­out.

• Mon­e­tary do­na­tions are ac­cepted.

Send your cards (no writ­ing on the back) to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Chil­dren, 100 St. Jude’s St., Boul­der City, NV 89005. Mail do­na­tions to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Chil­dren, 200 Wil­son Cir­cle, Boul­der City, NV 89005, or you can do­nate through the web­site: www. StJudesRan­

— Heloise

Tech Tues­day

Dear Heloise: How can I charge my cell phone more quickly?

— Anita R. in Florida Anita, here are some hints to try:

• Make sure there’s no dust in the con­nec­tor port pick out de­bris with a clean and dry tooth­pick.

• You’ll want to pre­vent the phone from get­ting too hot. Re­mov­ing the phone from its case will help to charge it more ef­fi­ciently.

• Pow­er­ing off the phone com­pletely can help. If the phone isn’t us­ing en­ergy to run apps, the en­tire charge is go­ing to the bat­tery.

— Heloise

Drug ads

Dear Heloise: My beef is about drug ad­ver­tise­ments on TV. Every­one wants to know why pre­scrip­tion drug prices are so high, but no one takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the bil­lions of dol­lars drug com­pa­nies spend on TV ad­ver­tise­ments.

If the TV is on while we’re eat­ing din­ner, quite frankly, I don’t want to hear about some­thing that can cause vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea or pos­si­ble death. They want me to “ask my doc­tor.” Are they im­ply­ing that my doc­tor isn’t smart enough to know what medicines I need?

— Sally Rice, via email

Mem­ory maker

Dear Heloise: Over the years, I would al­ways buy post­cards when our fam­ily was on va­ca­tion. Wher­ever we went, each kid picked out a post­card from var­i­ous stops.

These post­cards were gath­er­ing in a drawer when I had a great idea. Af­ter the kids went away to col­lege, I sent them the post­cards pe­ri­od­i­cally.

They loved re­ceiv­ing them and the mem­o­ries that went along with each one.

— Jill in Te­mec­ula

Love it — such spe­cial mem­o­ries.

— Heloise Send a money-sav­ing or time­sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] I can’t an­swer your let­ter per­son­ally but will use the best hints re­ceived in my col­umn.

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