Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Color A Smile?
  2. How did Color A Smile get started?
  3. How do I volunteer to color for Color A Smile?
  4. How can I make a donation to Color A Smile?
  5. Are there age limits on how young or old you can be to color drawings?
  6. Do I have to use the coloring pages from the Color A Smile website?
  7. How do I send the drawings to Color A Smile?
  8. Will I receive any acknowledgement after I have mailed my drawings to Color A Smile?
  9. It is ok to fold the drawings?
  10. Is there a deadline to mail in the seasonal themes?
  11. How do I sign-up someone to receive cheerful drawings every month?
  12. How much does it cost to receive the cheerful drawings every month?
  13. How many drawings will the recipient receive every month?
  14. Do you only send the drawings to senior citizens?
  15. How can I get drawings mailed to someone overseas in the military?
  16. Can Color A Smile send cheerful drawings to people in other countries?
  17. Where does Color A Smile get money to mail all of these smiles?
  1. What is Color A Smile?

    Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to Senior Citizens, Our Troops Overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Every month we mail thousands of new drawings to all the people on our mailing list. School children, scouting troops, and anyone of any age, that likes to color, can help us to spread smiles. Over the last 25 years, Color A Smile has given out over 1 million drawings… That’s a lot of smiles!

  2. How did Color A Smile get started?

    Color A Smile was started by Jerry Harris in the late 1980’s. Jerry visited a friend’s house and noticed the colorful drawings on their refrigerator. He realized how simple and yet uplifting a child’s cheerful drawing could be. Color A Smile began in Morristown NJ with a few local teachers getting their students to color for people in a local nursing home. Our program is now national and we are constantly looking for more volunteers to color our cheerful drawings. Please help us to spread more smiles.

  3. How do I volunteer to color for Color A Smile?

    It’s simple to volunteer: Just color cheerful drawings and send them to us. No forms to fill out, No ongoing commitment. Simple 4 step instructions:

    1. Print a Free-Art or Color-In page from our website.
    2. Color the page using crayons or markers (please NO GLITTER).
    3. Sign the front of the drawing with your FIRST name and AGE (please NO DATES on any drawings)
    4. Mail the cheerful drawing to:

    Color A Smile
    PO Box 1516
    Morristown NJ 07962-1516

    (Fed Ex or UPS use: 166 Ridgedale Ave Morristown NJ 07960)
    Use the cheapest mail service available. It is ok to fold the drawings to fit them in an envelope.
    Feel free to enclose a donation to help with our program costs. (Donation not required, but if you can…Thanks!)

  4. How can I make a donation to Color A Smile?

    Color A Smile is honored that you would consider making a donation to help us spread more smiles! We promise that we will always use all of our resources in the most efficient manner possible. Thank you very much for your support. You can mail your donation to:

    Color A Smile
    PO Box 1516
    Morristown NJ
    07962-1516

    Or you can donate via our website by clicking the Donate button above. Thanks!

  5. Are there age limits on how young or old you can be to color drawings?

    Anyone of any age that likes to color is welcome to participate in our program. We receive cheerful drawings from 5 year olds to 95 year olds.

  6. Do I have to use the coloring pages from the Color A Smile website?

    We prefer that you use our pages because it provides uniformity in our mailings, but you can use any paper that is available to you. On our website we offer the ‘Color-In’ pages for people that like ‘coloring book’ pages. We offer the ‘Free-Art’ pages for people that like to create their own work. Our paper is easy to photocopy and easy to mail, but you can use any paper that is convenient for you.

  7. How do I send the drawings to Color A Smile?

    Mail your cheerful drawing to:

    Color A Smile
    PO Box 1516
    Morristown NJ
    07962-1516

    Use the cheapest rate of US Mail available, Do not bother with Priority Mail, or Express Service. (For FedEx or UPS only, use the street address: 166 Ridgedale Ave Morristown NJ 07960)

  8. Will I receive any acknowledgement after I have mailed my drawings to Color A Smile?

    Due to the large volume, we cannot acknowledge every drawing that is sent to us. Every month we receive thousands of drawings from all over the country. We are very grateful to everyone that participates in our program. Since we are unable to thank every artist or group, we want to share the many thank you letters that we receive from the recipients of the drawings. On our website we have posted excerpts of the many thank you letters that we receive. Please print and read these messages to everyone that participated in the program. All of your efforts are greatly appreciated! Please click on the Thank You's button in the navigation bar.

  9. It is ok to fold the drawings?

    Yes, you can fold the drawings.

  10. Is there a deadline to mail in the seasonal themes?

    There are NO Deadlines. We receive drawings all year long. Some of the Seasonal themes arrive too late to be mailed for the current year but we hold them and mail them the following year. Note: This is why we DO NOT want DATES on the drawings.

  11. How do I sign-up someone to receive cheerful drawings every month?

    You can send a subscription of cheerful drawings to anyone in need of a smile. A subscription is for 1 year and includes a mailing every month for 12 months. You choose whether the recipient will receive 2 drawings per month or 10 drawings per month. A yearly subscription can be renewed as many times as you would like. Go to "Send a Subscription" on our website.

  12. How much does it cost to receive the cheerful drawings every month?

    Color A Smile does not charge anyone to receive our drawings. Suggested donation amounts are really only, “Suggested.” Feel free to donate more, less, or nothing at all. Suggested amounts:

    2 drawings per month:
    •Mailed to individuals
    •Usually hung on a refrigerator door or bulletin board for the individual to enjoy
    •Suggested donation is $20.00 per year

    10 drawings per month:
    •Mailed to Activities Directors at Nursing Homes or to Our Troops Overseas
    •Usually displayed in Common Areas for everyone to enjoy
    •Suggested donation is $35.00 per year

  13. How many drawings will the recipient receive every month?

    You choose whether the recipient should receive 2 drawings every month, or 10 drawings every month.

    2 drawings per month:
    •Mailed to individuals
    •Usually hung on a refrigerator door or bulletin board for the individual to enjoy
    •Suggested donation is $20.00 per year

    10 drawings per month:
    •Mailed to Activities Directors at Nursing Homes or to Our Troops Overseas
    •Usually displayed in Common Areas for everyone to enjoy
    •Suggested donation is $35.00 per year

  14. Do you only send the drawings to senior citizens?

    The majority of our drawings go to senior citizens, but we also send to our troops overseas and anyone in need of a monthly smile.

  15. How can I get drawings mailed to someone overseas in the military?

    We can mail drawings to any active military personal with an APO/FPO/DPO address. Follow the regular directions for a 1 year subscription. We usually send 10 drawings per month to our military recipients, they tell us they like to share the drawings with their "buddies."
    NOTE: If you are in the military yourself, please do not send us a donation. Your service is already your donation and it is our pleasure to send our drawings to you.

  16. Can Color A Smile send cheerful drawings to people in other countries?

    Color A Smile can send drawings to US Military Troops stationed overseas.

    Other than our military, Color A Smile cannot currently mail drawings to people in other countries. On our website, we do have a Masterpiece of the Month, that can be printed out on a color printer. This enables people all over the world to enjoy our Color A Smile drawings. On our website go to "Send a Subscription" and scroll down to "Monthly Masterpiece."

  17. Where does Color A Smile get money to mail all of these smiles?

    We get donations from people like you that believe in what we do. We get donations from Volunteers that send a check along with their cheerful drawings. We get donations from people ordering subscriptions. We do not charge people to receive our cheerful drawings, all donations are voluntary. We do not sell, rent or exchange our mailing lists with anyone. If you choose to support us, we sincerely thank you.