Card campaigns are a fun, family-friendly way to bring joy to the lives of others. This is an activity that requires a minimal time commitment – in as little as five minutes you can brighten a stranger’s day!
Whether you are choosing to send cards to deployed military troops, hospitalized children or assisted living facility residents, the basic guidelines below will apply.
TLS recently launched a Pen Pal program and here’s how they did it.
1) Contact local senior and assisted living facilities to find out which ones would be receptive to receiving cards and letters
2) Designate individuals in the office to collect cards/letters/drawings
3) Encourage team members to send cards, letters and drawings. Those who are interested in initiating ongoing communications with a resident were asked to provide a return address for future correspondence
4) Cards/letters were sent to the senior center each quarter
This is a great activity for remote teams to participate in. Want to use this as a team building exercise? Consider holding a Zoom “Show and Tell” where pen pals can show off their (and their kids!) cards and artwork.
Want to get started? Here are some ideas for you.
Home Again Assisted Living Facility
This facility is asking for cards, drawings or inspirational sayings for residents and asks letter writers to sign their first names and location so they can show residents how far love can travel. You may send cards for Residents at any of these addresses:
Do you prefer to send a video message instead? Care Not COVID has some easy to follow guidelines for sharing a message of support for seniors who are facing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
When writing to deployed troops, there are some other guidelines you will want to consider:
Leave them unsealed for inspection or they won’t be delivered.
Operation We Are Here has a lengthy list of resources and ideas to get you started.