|Message from Day Spring:
DaySpring offers Christian cards, Free Christian e-cards,
Boxed cards, Inspirational gifts, Home decor & Art for all occasions!
DaySpring Cards was born in a small commercial print shop
in Covina, California, in 1971. The company was founded by four
Christian men - Dean Kerns, Don Leetch, Russ Flint, and Roy Lessin.
These men started DaySpring with a common vision, to make Christ known
through the printed message.
The first greeting Card was created in the winter of that year. It was a
Christmas card with a very simple but direct message. The cover of the
card showed a man sitting near a Christmas tree after the gifts had been
opened. There was a look of despair on his face. The card read,
When you get right down to it...
the only thing that really matters is Jesus.
When the card was sent out, store owners and their customers responded
enthusiastically. That card served as a messenger to make DaySpring
aware of the great need for development of Christian cards. Additional
cards for Christmas and other occasions were soon developed, and the tag
line When You Want to Share Your Heart and God’s Love was written to
express DaySpring’s mission.
The company remained in California for eight years, and experienced
great growth and acceptance within the Christian publishing industry. In
1979, through direction from the Lord, DaySpring moved to the city of
Siloam Springs in northwest Arkansas. The company purchased land and
built its plant in a beautiful country setting near the Illinois River.
Only 30 employees made the move to Arkansas to begin this new adventure.
Shortly after the move, DaySpring made a major directional change,
becoming a full-service greeting card company to Christian bookstores.
Selling footage instead of individual cards launched the company into a
new phase of growth and expansion. Within a few years the staff
multiplied tenfold. New buildings were constructed, and DaySpring was on
its way to becoming the largest publisher and distributor of Christian
greeting cards in the world.
In 1987, DaySpring formed a partnership with David C. Cook Publishing
Company and became a wholly owned division of Cook Communications
Ministries. DaySpring acquired Personal Expressions and the Sunshine®
boxed card line from Warner Press in 1997.
In 1999, DaySpring was acquired by Hallmark Cards, Inc. from Cook
Communications. A press release from Hallmark Cards contains details
about the purchase and the exciting partnership between DaySpring and