Volunteers spent part of Saturday creating Easter cards to be delivered to women using the services of House of Hope.

The participants, who gathered at Heartisans Marketplace downtown, used blank colored cards, stickers and decorative paper and wrote scriptural messages such as “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

Volunteer Christine Smith said she plans to deliver the cards April 26 to House of Hope, which is a Longview rescue mission for women and children.

Smith and the other participants set a goal of creating 40 cards because, she said, that is about as many women who use the services of faith-based House of Hope on any given day.

The card-making activity is part of April Giving Month, said Renee Robertson, president of the Heartisans board. Volunteers previously made cards for House of Hope for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

The intent is for recipients to feel love, with a “Christ-focused message of Easter,” she said.

“We partner with House of Hope, and they send women to us for job training,” Robertson said. “We work on their resumes and interview skills, and we have a program where they are learning skills to be a good employee.”

Robertson said Heartisans’ gift shop supplies two-thirds of the annual $150,000 budget for the nonprofit agency, with giving month raising the remainder. Heartisans provides job training to unemployed women in the community.

She brought her daughter, Reid, 10, to make cards.

“It’s just fun, being creative,” Reid said. “Just coming up with different designs for the cards.”

Volunteer Rebecca Fabre showed up before noon with about 15 vintage Easter cards that she said she bought at a garage sale. However, she said she planned to make cards of her own to be delivered to the House of Hope.