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- Choose a senior living facility in your community from participating centers.
- Send a general card or a pen pal letter:
- General cards: will be used to brighten someone’s day who may not be able to write back.
- Pen Pal letters: can create a valuable personal connection with seniors and kids that are able to write. Please include a return address and stamp to allow two-way response.
We sourced these tips from similar projects as well as parents and staff of senior centers in our communities:
- Address cards and letters with “Dear Friend.”
- Communicate empathy (recognizing it is a tough time), hope (we’ll get through this), and solidarity (we’re in this together).
- Get creative! Include drawings, jokes, etc…
- Refrain from giving health or medical advice.
- Avoid religion unless the center specifies a religious affiliation.
Tips for Cards
- Title cards “Thinking of you” or “Sending love”
- Get crafty and colorful! Include drawings of springtime, animals, etc…
Tips for Pen Pal Letters
- Talk about what is important to you.
- Draw pictures of your hometown.
- Draw and describe something funny that happened to you.
- Tell your favorite story or a joke.
- Share your favorite holiday or tradition.
- If you would like a response, ask some questions about their memories and things they enjoy.
- Write “PPL” or “Pen Pal” on the back of the envelope to indicate it is a pen pal letter.
- Out of cards or stamps? Punkpost is a site where you can send handwritten cards made by artists. You pick the card you’d like to send online, type what you want to say, enter the address, and an artist will send your card to it’s destination!