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CaringBridge Announces Heartwarming Winners of National "Caring Messages" Greeting Card Contest Designers Draw on Emotional Personal Experiences to Celebrate Hope, Love and Compassion

Eagan, Minn., (February 18, 2014) —

A greeting card contest hosted by CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards produced a touching series of winning designs inspired by real stories of hope and love from across the nation.

Fifteen winners drew on personal encounters with illness or other emotional experiences to express messages that celebrate the power of caring and compassion.

CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards launched the “Caring Messages” contest in November as part of National Family Caregiving Month.

“Our ‘Caring Messages’ contest set out to honor caregivers who work tirelessly to help those in need,” said Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge. “The winning cards show us that nothing is as powerful as words of hope and encouragement that come from the heart.”

Some of the winning entries are touching and emotional. Others use a touch of humor. Whatever their approach, all the winners captured the love hope, love and compassion that defines a good caregiver – and the CaringBridge mission.

Contest participants could submit one card idea in each of the following categories:

1) Support and Encouragement – What can you say to lift someone up or help them get through the day? Let them know you’re thinking of them, send happy thoughts and cheer them on. 2) Compliments and Appreciation – Let someone know how much you admire them: What they do and how they do it. 3) Words from the Wise – If you’ve experienced something yourself you understand what it’s really like. Write a supportive message for other based on what you’ve learned or what you needed to hear.

A panel of judges, made up of CaringBridge and Hallmark staff members, reviewed more than 900 entries to find the 15 winners. Judges examined how well the entry expressed the theme and the cohesiveness of the design.

Winners will receive prizes ranging from $50 to $150, plus an additional award if their cards are selected for sale in stores.

For more information about the winners and to view the winning designs, head to CaringBridge.org or Hallmarkcontest.com.

About CaringBridge

CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge, started in 1997, provides protected online spaces with multiple privacy settings. It is available and accessible to anyone, anywhere at no cost. More than 46 million people visited the site in 2012, and more than half a million people connect through CaringBridge every day.

About Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and spend time together - a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 39,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family.

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