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Since You Asked: Christmas cards can be a gift that keeps on giving

We have stacks of old Christmas cards and wonder whether there's a place in the Rogue Valley that would recycle them, either using them for creating new cards or projects for an organization to help others.

— Stan, Phoenix

It certainly is a shame to toss out all of those beautiful Christmas cards when someone else could enjoy them. There are plenty of ideas for what to do with them, and we rounded up a few for your convenience.

Schools, retirement centers and other groups sometimes use them for art projects.

Orchard Hill Elementary School, at 1011 La Loma Drive in Medford, has an art room where teachers can go to select items for craft projects. You could donate your cards to that school.

"Teachers could probably come in and come up with a project," said Julie Mlasko, secretary at Orchard Hill.

Phoenix Elementary School, which is likely closer to your home, used to make new Christmas cards out of old ones when the school had an art program. Unfortunately, that program was eliminated two years ago, said secretary Blanca Reyes.

There also are websites where you can post unwanted items for others to take. One example is Medford Freecycle: http://groups.freecycle.org/MedfordFreecycle/description. You can post your Christmas cards by going to the link and registering.

Another idea might be to donate the cards to the Rogue Valley Manor. Retirement centers often have craft classes, in which some retirees might just have the time to make a beautiful new creation out of your old Christmas cards.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.