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It’s time to spread some holiday cheer!

The holidays can be a hard time for those who are away from home to get help with their OCD. Something as simple as a card and a message from the heart during this time of year can make a huge difference.  That’s why the IOCDF is asking for your help to send messages of hope to those undergoing treatment for OCD. It’s easy to participate and make an impact in someone’s life.

This year, we're partnering with Molly and Morgan of Not Alone Notes to create fun and inspiring cards for the holidays! Check out their video tutorial for sending a card:

Here’s how you can participate:

1. Pick out (or create your own!) fun, festive Holiday card. Design and messaging is up to you, but remember that you won’t know who will receive it — so please choose a secular or non-denominational card.

Here are some fun templates for you to download, print, and decorate!

2. Write your message of hope. You can share words of encouragement, original artwork, or simply wish someone a happy, healthy, and hopeful New Year. Feel free to include your contact information if you wish, but you can also just sign your first name if you prefer. Do not put your cards in sealed envelopes.

3. Send your card to the IOCDF’s PO Box. We’ll collect the cards and then send them to individuals currently receiving treatment at one of our Institutional Members’ treatment programs. People of all ages need messages of hope — so cards for children, teens, and adults are all requested.

We need cards early so we have time to sort and send — Please make sure yours is postmarked by December 3rd!

Send all cards to:

International OCD Foundation, Inc.
c/o Messages of Hope
P.O. Box 961029
Boston, MA 02196

Let’s join together to make someone's holiday a bit brighter! Watch IOCDF National Ambassador Ethan Smith talk about the impact of #MessagesOfHope:


  • Rhonda Kelly

    Happy Holidays!!!!
    Patience and positive vibes sent your way

  • Any chance we can be put on a list as well for sending and receiving cards? I myself am having a rough time going through OCD treatment, but I would love to send out cards of hope for those out there to let them know they are not alone. ❤️ Thank you

    • Jessica Price

      Hi Carrie! Please send us an email at info@iocdf.org with details for receiving cards, and we’ll see what we can do!

  • Have been affected by OCD since I was 7 years old. I am 66 and still making it. Keep a positive attitude and know that the thoughts and worries are ocd and not the real you.


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