Hints From Heloise: Recycling used cards

Dear Heloise: I was wondering if you have the address for MAILING USED GREETING CARDS. I have a box of cards that I have received during the past few years, but not the address to send them to. -- Eleanor, via e-mail

You want to send these cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (a fantastic organization that for more than 30 years has cared for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned). Old cards are recycled and new ones created, which are sold to help fund its programs.

Here are some things to know:

* Cards are accepted all year long.

* All types of greeting cards are accepted: birthday, thank-you, holiday-themed and all-occasion.

* Only the front of the card is used. Make sure there is no writing on the backside.

* Five-inch by 7-inch size or smaller is the best to send.

* No Disney, Hallmark or American Greetings cards can be accepted.

* The most cost-effective way to send these card fronts is in a Flat Rate Box from the U.S. Postal Service.

Mail donations to:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Recycled Card Program

100 St. Jude’s Street

Boulder City, NV 89005

You can go online to www.stjudesranch.org for more information. To purchase greeting cards created by the children, call 877-977-SJRC (7572).

POLISHED PANTS

Dear Heloise: Is there any chance of removing clear nail polish from one of my favorite pairs of slacks? I’ve tried nail-polish remover and then laundering, with no success. Any suggestions? -- Lenore F. in New Jersey

Spilled nail polish can be a real pain! The nail-polish remover you tried on the stain probably was nonacetone, which is too gentle to truly “lift” the nail polish from the fabric. Go to a beauty-supply shop or drugstore and pick up pure acetone; test it in a small, concealable spot for discoloration. Then place the stain face down on paper towels and gently sponge over the stain before laundering. Be sure the stained fabric does not contain triacetate or acetate; if it does, you can use only amyl acetate to treat it so the fabric doesn’t disintegrate. -- Heloise

SAVING FACE

Dear Heloise: The facial-cleansing pads are too large and have an abundance of cleaners for just one-time usage. So, I sterilize a pair of scissors and cut the pads into thirds. I store them in a plastic soap dish with a secure top so that the pads do not dehydrate. -- Margarette, via e-mail

TISSUE-PAPER STORAGE

Dear Heloise: When I buy gift-wrapping tissue paper, it comes wrapped in stiff plastic or a paper wrap. I store the tissue that I didn’t use in the plastic newspaper sleeves. This keeps the tissues secure. -- Barb H., Highland, Ind.

NUTCRACKER

Dear Heloise: I have found that using a nutcracker works great for opening tightfitting bottle tops, such as on 2-liter bottles. -- Faye in Fayetteville, N.C.

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate

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