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USF student delivers 1,000 heartfelt 'care cards' to grocery store employees working during pandemic

Avalon Jade Theisen is a former Miss USF
Avalon Jade Theisen
Posted at 4:17 AM, Apr 20, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — Avalon Jade Theisen is not one for sitting around doing nothing.

When the social entrepreneur was just 9 years old, she started the nonprofit Conserve It Forward. It is dedicated to the health of the Earth and all its residents.

Last year, she was crowned Miss USF, an exemplary student at the Tampa university.

“I’ve always been called to serve,” says Theisen. “Since the coronavirus, I’ve been at home thinking what can I do to help. And then I thought, ‘Oh yeah, care cards!.’”

Care cards are part of Conserve It Forward’s global message of unity and goodwill.

Young and old from all over the world contributed art and well-wishes to the cards. One reads: “We are so grateful for you!”

They were originally meant for seniors in the community. But Jade decided other heroes in the community deserved an uplifting message for their bravery these days: grocery store workers.

“These are the people who are feeding us and keeping us healthy,” Theisen says.

Working with gloves in a safe environment, Avalon Jade delivered 1,000 cards to workers at local stores and markets.

“This was just my way of saying thanks,” Theisen adds.

For more on Avalon Jade’s mission and to print out your own “care cards," visit