Do you want an easy and MEANINGFUL way to make a difference?

  • Macy is looking for a pen pal with interest in church, singing and playing checkers, because he is the current checkers champion.
  • Ms. Julie says she loves cats and crossword puzzles.
  • Ms. Edna is looking for someone to chat about her favorite show, “Family Feud”.
  • Roger is looking for a pen pal who likes Las Vegas and casino games.
  • Lenora, isn’t picky about what she is sent — she just wants to receive some mail.

Nearly four months into a strict no-visitor rule due to the coronavirus, an assisted living community in North Carolina tapped into the power of social media to get its residents connected with people from all over the world.

After reading this CNN report we thought it would interest some of our readers to take out a pen and address a card to brighten up someone’s life.  Isolation isn’t impacting only those at senior homes but many people around the world as the pandemic continues to change the way we are able to connect with each other.

Check out assisted living in your own area.  Our guess is they would be delighted to have cards sent, even one time, if you don’t want to be a pen pal.

“It has been mentally straining on them not to see family members and loved ones,” Meredith Seals, the chief operating officer of Victorian Senior Care, told CNN on Wednesday. “When you are used to having family there every day and then you can’t, it’s very lonely for them.”

“It only took one question for the post on Facebook to go viral: Will you be my pen pal?
Residents in the various Victorian Senior Care communities smiled for pictures while holding signs with their names and interests. Staff then shared the images on Facebook with the address of where to send the letters.”

“They are overcome with joy when they see the mail,” Seals said. “It’s good to bring people together as much as we can.”

Since this program started last week, mail and packages for residents have been received from all over the world including Germany, countries in Africa and New Zealand.
“We posted a world map in each facility and they are tracking where they are getting letters from,” she said.
She added that the residents are enjoying getting photos of pets and people. They are working to get a pen pal board added to each facility so residents can hang up pictures they get.”

Again . . .

. . . check out assisted living, in your own area.  Our guess is they would be delighted to have cards sent, even one time if you didn’t want to be a pen pal.

We’ve got a stash of cards in our Zazzle store.  Remember!  We donate half our proceeds to The Gentle Barn.

Here’s some samples:

Click here for quilt card 

 

Click here fo Cute Creatures Card

Click here for Mask Making card

 

Click here for Tree of Life card

Anyone can send mail to the residents. People can click through the images on the Victorian Senior Care Facebook page to select a pen pal, their addresses are in the captions.
For anyone having a hard time picking, the main office is collecting themed packages it will distribute to the appropriate residents. Seals asks that the sender write on the envelope what the theme is — for example, sports, veteran, dog, or crafts.

Those can be mailed to:
4270 Heath Dairy Road
Randleman NC 27317
Attn: VSCPenPals

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/01/us/assisted-living-pen-pals-north-carolina-trnd/index.html

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3 comments on “Do you want an easy and MEANINGFUL way to make a difference?

  1. Thank you, Judy and Peggy, for promoting this opportunity for kindness.

    I’ve been doing this for a while. Months ago, I started a campaign with my temple sisterhood to send cards to residents in a community near us. I also sent personal cards to a number of people I know who live in senior residences, and then sent cards to seniors in the North Carolina facility. It’s a great and easy way to connect with people who are extremely lonely. Most of them aren’t even allowed family visitors at the moment.

    Keep in mind that many of these people will not write back but they deeply appreciate being remembered. A card is something they can hold in their hand and read over and over. If it’s addressed to them, it’s even more special as it recognizes them as an individual. Reading a card with their name on it means that someone “sees” them.

    I suggest keeping the message very light and hopeful. Don’t remind them of the lockdown – they live this lockdown in the most restrictive way. But there isn’t a sweeter way to say hello to a stranger and make them feel special than to send a card that says a simple, “Hello, Tom! I hope you’re having a great day! Love from your friend who cares about you, Shari.”

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