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This article was published December 27, 2012 at 1:11 a.m.

— 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

DEAR READER: You want to send these cards toSt. 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.

All types of greeting cards are accepted: birthday, thankyou, holiday-themed and alloccasion.

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

5-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 St.

Boulder City, Nev. 89005

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

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 laundering, with no success.

  • Lenore F. in New Jersey

DEAR READER: 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 itin 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.

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 money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail

Weekend, Pages 32 on 12/27/2012

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