Law students collect used greeting cards for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

Members of the intellectual property law society count greeting cards collected for the St. Jude's Ranch for Children. From left, Mike Spinelli, Shellian Nicholson, Laura Pollander and Giovanni D'Amico.

Members of the Intellectual Property Law Society count greeting cards collected for the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. From left, Mike Spinellia, a second-year law student, Shellian Nicholson, a third-year law student, Laura Pollander, a third-year law student and Giovanni D’Amico, a third-year law student. (Photo by Anna Brundage ’13, MS ’15.)

Members of the intellectual property law society in the School of Law at Quinnipiac University have collected nearly 1,000 old holiday, birthday and greeting cards in a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

“The card collection is a way to help the broader St. Jude’s organization and gives kids the chance to learn valuable skills,” said Laura Pollander, a third-year law student.

St. Jude’s Ranch, which helps abused, abandoned and neglected children, developed the recycled card program as a way to teach children a variety of skills while raising funds for the organization. Children will repurpose the fronts of the 968 old cards collected and attach new card backings that they have created. The unique recycled cards will then be available for purchase.

“We wanted to organize a fundraiser that could fit into everyone’s schedule, something to get a lot of interest without demanding too much time — and it’s creative,” said Mike Spinelli, a second-year law student.

A large portion of intellectual property law involves creation and innovation, which Pollander said she felt the program encompassed by giving the children the opportunity to create something new from something old. Many people throw away old cards or stick them in drawers, she said, but this is an opportunity to help the St. Jude’s Ranch by donating unwanted items already laying around the house.

While this is the first year the students have organized the card collection, they hope to make it an annual fundraiser following the holiday season.

The Intellectual Property Law Society will continue collecting cards in the School of Law Center’s lobby until Jan. 24.


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