BRYAN, Texas—It started with just a few.

Amanda Vigil began making Christmas cards 11 years ago.

When that little project began to snowball into the thousands, Vigil had to get some help from others.

Because her mission is all about spreading joy to kids stuck in the hospital over the holiday.

“Not a lot of people think about the children in the hospital during the holiday season,” said Vigil.

Vigil knows first-hand what it’s like to be missing out on all the Christmas activities.

“I was born with a cleft lip and palate. Many people don’t really know what that is, but basically I had a hole in my mouth,” she said.

While other kids were counting down the 12 days of Christmas, 10 year-old Vigil was in the hospital, just one of many surgeries.

“They took a bone out of my hip and put it into the roof of my mouth,” said Vigil.

That’s when a nurse brought in a few Christmas cards, made by strangers.

“When I got them, it made my day entirely. It made my entire visit, really,” she said.

Since then, Vigil has been making cards for the kids at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

This year, her goal is 1,000 cards.

So, the senior at Texas A&M Mays School of Business asked her friends for some help.

“I just started meeting new people and telling them about my story, and now I’m at almost a thousand cards,” said Vigil.

But it’s not just about the numbers.

“That’s the point of my Christmas card project, to just get some smiles,” said Vigil.

It’s about sharing joy and hope with a few special kids.

“No matter what they’re going through, when they get back at least they know someone is caring about them,” said Vigil.

“And, someone cared enough to make a holiday card,” she added.

Vigil is still hoping to meet her goal of 1,000 cards this year.

If you’d like to make and donate cards, you can reach Vigil through email at