We Are Closed

An era is coming to an end.

I’ve thought about it for awhile and I just can’t continue to run C4K any longer.

You can blame gas prices, general inflation, stress or my health- it all adds up to closing.

I don’t have the time… money or back to continue.

Please stop all future donations.

We still have a few hundred thousand cards that I WILL be finding homes for- along with any cards we get over the next week or so. At that point- any donation received will be donated to our local Goodwill.

I will still probably be donating cards for several months to “clean house” so our number will still raise a bit. All funding we currently have will be spent on delivering the last cards.

Please remember that YOU can do this just as good as I did.

Find people doing good around you and work with them- children’s homes, charities, schools, camps…. there are a ton of places…I was always just the middle man.

It’s been an amazing 12 years and I’ve greatly appreciated all the support.


Custom Cards

I’ve started a new hobby and it’s a great thing you can do with unwanted cards OR a great craft idea for charities/orgs that we donate cards too!

If kids are doing these, please watch them with the cutting, etc.

I just use a basic execto-knife.

You just cut around what you want to remove and them put a new background and you make a really cool new one of a kind!

Here are some examples of what I’ve personally made…

Closer to 15 million!

Over the last two weeks we’ve donated cards to Sunrise Center (Frankfort, KY), Sunrise Children’s Home (Mt Washington, KY), KY Pay It Forward (Lawrenceburg, KY), Kentucky Youth Career Center (Louisville, KY) and Pass Along (Lexington, KY) for a total of 250,000 trading cards donated to agencies in the last two weeks.
On top of that there were toys, troll dolls, comic books and just tons of random stuff.
New total donated comes to 14,745,250!!!
We are so damn close to 15 million and I’m pretty sure I have enough to get us there ready to go…just gotta find a place to donate to.
With that said, we will need a 1989 Upper Deck Griffey Jr Star Rookie as that is always our “millionth” card….we’ve donated 15 so far so this will be our 16th. (Donated 2 when we hit 1 million)
When I first started I could get them for $25 and now they have blown up to around $75-$100!
If anyone wants to donate one for some free publicity on our social media and have the honor of donating out 15 millionth card- let me know. if I don’t hear something in a week or so, I’ll hope on Ebay and just buy one…not breaking that tradition.
That card is one of the main reason we’ve been able to do this…not stopping now.
Thanks again for everyone who has supported us over the last 9 years…we have a few months until we hit our 10th anniversary and we will be past that 15 million mark by that…which averages out to over 1.5 million cards to kids per year!
What the hell is life? #C4KFamily


New Update!

I just realized that I haven’t updated here for over a year and I am SOOO sorry for that; we post a few times each month on our social media because it’s easier than updating here on the actual website.

So- the last year…am I right???

Covid hit pretty hard and we took several months off from donating but as things settled a bit, I set up a “no contact/curbside” donating and contacted people that could come to me and pick up cards. I would set boxes outside our garage and they would pick them up.

It’s a bit harder because we don’t get pictures of where we donate and we have to do more work verifying that folks actually work with the charities they say they do but it’s been workable.

Over the last month or so, we’ve started doing donations in person again…basically we set up the donations and then leave the boxes outside the charity and they get them once we are gone- the pandemic is still going strong and I’m still fat, old and have sleep apnea and other issues so I’m high risk but I am fully vaccinated now so I’m happy about that.

Last week, we donated 250,000 cards and got us close to 14.5 million cards donated.

I still have several hundred thousand that I’m working on getting out- Covid slowed us down and since folks were home more, they decided to clean out closets and attics which was a bad combination for us.

We are getting back into routine though and hopefully will get back to that 2 week turn around so cards come in and go out pretty quick.

Hope everyone is staying safe and thanks again for all the support- we are getting so close to 15 million cards to kids and about 10 years and I don’t even know what to think about that honestly….like…..WTF???

I can’t thank you folks enough.


C4K Gaming

As a kid, I was into two things- trading cards and video games.

As an adult, I’m into two things- trading cards and video games.

Some of us never grow up and we find a way to take what we loved as kids and continue to love and cherish them as adults- you don’t have to leave those things behind and that is even more clear these days- being nerdy is cool.

It was NOT cool when I was a kid…but I continued being who I was.

I started Commons4Kids to get trading cards to kids around 2012 and we’ve done just that…however, I want to figure out a way to do more than just that.

We made a donation once, around Christmas time, and we had raised $200 and we donated the cards and the money and the org that we donated too was extremely thankful but the guy who ran it said something that I’ve never forgotten- “the kids love the cards but they can’t eat them, so the money really helps.”

I donate trading cards but is that really “helping”- yes, I know it’s doing something to help but I could do so much more.

I found a cool site called ExtraLive.og – it’s a site where you sign up and then play video games, do contests or 24 hour marathons to raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and I think that is the direction I want to take C4K.

Yes- we will still donate trading cards…but charities need money as well and what better way to get it (since I’m broke) than to play video games!

I do writing, photography, art and tons of other stuff as “Sharky Hitchens”…that is who I am…but #C4KGaming is my team.

I am just a member of #C4KGaming like I’m just a member of the #C4KFamily. Everything I do is under Sharky Hitchens and I’ll be tagging my gaming stuff with #C4KGaming. You can find me on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch all under that name. You can find my little gaming blog HERE!

I know I want to focus more on C4K and charity stuff as well as doing stuff that makes me happy and expand C4K PLUS it gives me a chance to give “shout outs” to folks who send stuff that goes above and beyond “common” so it’s killing an entire family of birds with one stone.

It’s a no-brainer and very little investment on my part- besides my time. I’ve already got all the gaming stuff because I’ve played video games since I was a wee lad so why not go for it.

#C4KGaming is a part of Commons4Kids.org but it’s just another way for me to try to make the world around me a little better by doing the things that I love and, in turn, my MY world better.

Love, Peace and #C4KGaming

Update 08.21.2019

Things may slow down just a bit because our middle schooler is now in the HIGH school marching band and they have shows most weekends but I’m hoping that I can line up donations to take with us when we have to travel to different areas so that could be a plus- we’ll just have to see.

I held off on updating the number after our last donation because I had some stuff working but those fell through.

So last weekend we donated 40,000 cards to the Wanda Joy Robinson Foundation which brings our total to 10,640,250 trading cards donated to kids. The donation include some autographed stuff, relics and several complete sets!

I was hoping to set up something this weekend but one we go the itinerary for Saturday, we just won’t have time to make it happen. I’m going to work really hard on setting up donations on practice Saturdays and make this work.

I want to send a big shout out to the guys over at Kidority Kards- they are overwhelmed with donations so they have redirected some of their stuff to us and it’s greatly appreciated!

Another HUGE shout-out to the great folks over at Card N All Gaming in Louisville, KY- thanks to them we have had Pokemon packs to hand out recently and we have a $200 store credit there currently so we should be able to get a ton of unopened stuff for upcoming Christmas donations.

Finally- we have more Pokemon cards on the way from Spectypoo [Webaround Gaming] over on Instagram/Twitter/Twitch so check him out as well!!

Lots of big things going on right now and we are about to hit a really busy time of the year for us- if I step up a bit, we could hit 11 million before 2020!!!

And…of course…huge thanks to everyone in the #C4KFamily for keeping us going strong for 8 years now!

I do see a lot of folks popping up doing what we do and it’s cool- but always remember- no one represents us- if it’s not our OFFICIAL Facebook, Twitter or website- it’s not us.


Love The Hobby

If you follow us on social media, you will see that I was a lot more active over the weekend and I’m hoping to keep that up. I usually work on cards most days so there is no reason why I can’t post a few pictures of cool stuff I come across in order to keep everything active and “relevant”.

I also enjoy writing- about a little of everything- so I’ve decided to write more about the hobby that I love…and YES…I do love it. Its put me in debt and consumed most of my life but it’s not just a hobby- it’s a form of relaxation and stress relieve for me.

SO- let’s get this out of the way- I do still collect trading cards.

The way it’s been worded in the past is that I donated my entire collection and that is not the case- I donated all of my commons/non-personal collection cards.

I donated those about 8 years ago because there was no market to sell them and I didn’t have time to try- I just wanted them out of my closet. That small project to donate my commons has led to an 8 year journey of donating 10.6 million cards and gives me a permeant way to unload cards I don’t want. I don’t have to ship my cards to donate- I just take them down to C4K headquarters. (AKA- my basement.)

I still buy WAY too many cards but I have a way to handle all the stuff I don’t want to keep- straight into C4K. I still collect ALL Reds- along with Griffey Jr, Bobby Bonilla, Shaq, Steelers players and a lot of non-sports cards but when you buy a box- you get tons of stuff you don’t want for your collection. This allows me to always have new stuff to mix in with the older stuff we get. This also allows me to buy collection from yard sales and flea markets and have a way to unload all the unwanted cardboard.

I do collect some new players as well but there is nothing better than cards from the 80s and 90s and that is a reason I’ve done C4K for so long.

YES- I already have complete sets of most of the stuff that came out in the late 80s and early 90s but I still get that “feeling” when I’m going through a box and see a Chris Sabo 89 Donruss Diamond King or a Barry Larkin 87 Topps rookie- these cards have little to no value and I have them in my collection but that doesn’t keep me from feeling the nostalgia.

For me- this hobby isn’t about making money, it’s about enjoying life and doing something you love.

From time to time- I dip into my collection and sell some of my better cards in order to help support C4K- but, for the most part, it has very little to do about money and EVERYTHING to do with the hobby itself.

Little pieces of carboard brought me so much joy as a kid and seeing those cards still brings me joy- I have probably donated thousands and thousands of 1989 Topps and not a single card has a value of more than $1- if that- but every time I grab a stack and run across a Sabo Topps All Start Rookie or Gregg Jeffries Future Star- all of that happiness comes back. Sure- I have both of those cards in my collection but I get to “re-discover” them all the time….I’m not specifically going to look at them but I’m sorting through cards and BOOM…there they are and you just get that rush- the same rush as opening a pack back in 1989…happy 11 year old me and I love that feeling!

Some people don’t understand what I get out of C4K and “THAT” is what I get. Sure, I love being charitable and seeing kid’s faces or having them thank me but it really is a selfish project- to keep reliving those moments is well worth all the debt.

Thanks for all the support; it’s greatly appreciated.

Our Legacy

I’m not really an arrogant, conceited asshole…even though I may come off that way at times.

I’ve screwed up a lot in my life and made my fair share of mistakes but I’ve overcome them- I’ve taken responsibility for them and corrected them and continued to grow to become a better person.

I’m proud of who I am. I’m proud of how my life has turned out and the things I do. I do feel like I’m “better” than a lot of other people based on the life I’m living, the decision I make and the way I treat others.

There are bad people out there. There are assholes who are assholes simply for the sake of being assholes. There are people who won’t do anything to help make the world a better place…they won’t even step up to make THEIR world a better place.

We don’t all leave a legacy behind us when we pass away- we may mean the world to a handful of people but we don’t always do huge thanks to really let the world know that we were here- and that is sad. No one should ever be forgotten.

I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to find my legacy- trying to do something big that I could be proud of and say “hey…I’m THAT guy!”

I became an outspoken atheist at 15 years old.

I’ve had articles and stories published in local newspapers and in a couple books.

I’ve worked my ass off to lose weight and try to be “the guy that lost 200 lbs!” (Still in progress…about 140 lbs down currently.)

My grandfather wasn’t there for my dad and my dad has never been there for me- I only had my mom. I’ve made sure that there hasn’t been a single day of my son’s life that I haven’t been there. There will NOT be a single day (until I die) that I’m not there for my son. Period.

I grew up on welfare, food stamps and living in the projects but I’ve worked my ass off to be sure my son doesn’t even know what food stamps are and we’ve been successful at that- that isn’t to say something bad could happen and it could all change but I’m doing my best to make sure he has a better life than I did.

All of those things could be considered my “legacy” but they only affect a small group of people- yesterday, I did something that I think will truly become my legacy- my charity, Commons4Kids, passed 10 million trading cards donated to kids.

Now- I’ve always been very up front- I’m mostly the middle man in this project; 90% of those 10 million cards have come straight from people that I call the #C4KFamily. We get folks mailing us cards from all over the world- literally and I want to give those people credit for actually getting 10 million trading cards into the hands of kids.

With that said- I do the webpage, the promotion, contacting the charities, delivering the cards, sorting and getting the cards ready and make all those loose ends connect. I put my heart and soul into C4K- along with my time, money, tears and even blood. (Cardboard cuts are NO joke….plus, try removing 1,000 cards from those plastic sheets…that plastic is like razor blades!)

I try my best to not take all of the credit because the cards come from the #C4KFamily but….I am the guy responsible for getting over 10 million trading cards to kids…I am THAT guy…that is ME!

That is my legacy.

We’ve worked with so many charities in so many states and even other countries and these cards have gotten into the hands of, literally, thousands of kids. Most of those kids will never know my name or that those cards came from me and that is fine with me…the point is- I still did that. I made that happen and I’ve done it for 8 years now with no end in sight.

We could reach 20 million…50 million…who knows????

If you know me personally, then you know that long before C4K- I did stuff like “Project Sharky Claus” and did toy drives and Hot Wheel drives and donated to charities as much as I could and did everything I could to make the world better than when I found it.

It may not be humble and it may make me sound like an asshole but I want that to be my legacy- I want people to see it and follow in my footsteps. I want people to think “if he can do it, why can’t I?” I want to be remembered as a guy that put everything I had into simply making the world better.

You can have your reasons for hating me. I’m a straight, white, male, Liberal, atheist, science loving, evolution believing guy who’s done my best to be a good son, husband and father and never stopped putting everything I have into the things I believe in.

I wish my mom was still here to see that 10 million mark- she saw 1-9 million and that 10 millionth card is now buried with her (a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr)- she had no doubts we would get there.

Finally- I would like to think my amazing wife for putting up with 8 years of trading cards all over her kitchen, kitchen table, living room, coffee table and even the bedroom. For loading up her van and now Kia Soul with thousands of cards and delivering them as far as St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

While none of this could have happened without the #C4KFamily- NONE of it could have happened without her support, time and money.

I’m still blown away by what we’ve done over the last 8 years and I can no longer even imagine where we could be 8 years from now. This project started out with me wanting to donate MY commons, then C4K was created with a goal of donating 1 million cards to kids and now we just passed the 10 million cards donated mark and that doesn’t count all the other stuff- from Legos, to figures, DVDs, video games, stuffed animals, thousands of comic books, autograph bats, jerseys and all the amazing stuff you guys just throw into boxes and mail us- nothing surprises me anymore.

One finally thanks to EVERYONE in the #C4KFamily- if you’ve donated, shared our social media, talked about us, accepted a donation or just liked a post- I consider you family- please share this “legacy” with me as being a part of something really cool.

Thanks for all the support, it’s greatly appreciated and I look forward to being the middle man for the next 10 million cards!

Jerry W. Milburn, II

AKA Sharky Hitchens