A month or so ago, I was lamenting to good friend and roommate Natasha about how I missed volunteering due to the pandemic. I missed the people contact and serving the local community. Soon after, Natasha sent me a link that would allow me to be a pen pal to an elderly woman in an assisted living or nursing facility.
I let that go at the time for reasons that required justification and laziness.
This past week, I thought about the writing project again, as the colder weather is setting in, so went in search of possible recipients and found the website Write-On. It is a place that anyone can go to and find links to letter-writing communities and organizations, such as:
Love for the Elderly – A group dedicated to providing love and appreciation to elderly people who may not have family to care for them. You are invited to write a kind letter to an elderly person, and Love for the Elderly will deliver it to a senior in need of a little love.
Sunshine Snail Mail – Join Sunshine Snail Mail in sending cards to kids (and sometimes adults), who could use a smile. Most of these kids are battling life-threatening illness, or have suffered great loss. Their stories, photo, and addresses to send snail mail to can be found on their Facebook page.
Joshua 1:9 Mission – Join this non-profit’s effort to bring joy to those battling cancer, by making and sending cards. Joshua 1:9 Mission collects and sends cards weekly to cancer patients around the country.
Personally, I’m interested in “Love for the Elderly,” but will research opportunities locally as well. I have the time and cardstock, so why not?
Kudos to these organizations and the many people who participate in the writing campaigns that bring light and happiness to young and old. No one needs artistic ability or fancy card-making supplies. The best part is what is written inside the card – the sharing of self, heartfelt words, and the kindness mailed to its recipient.
In this time of pandemic, illness, and isolation, the love of a card or letter shines through and brings joy to those who need it most.
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