In 2011, I started a project (read all the details here) to bring back the dying art of sending postcards, cards, and letters through the mail in order to…
1) Spread joy and good cheer, and
2) Support the Postal Service, which is facing a deficit and default which we can help ease with every postcard, letter, and package we mail.
During October, the first month of The Postcard Project, I awarded prizes to the participants each week. For November and December of 2011, I organized a worldwide cookie swap and 162 dozen cookies were mailed as a result. February of 2012 was Operation Postcard for Beverly, and then we had the second annual cookie swap in December with a total of 216 dozen cookies were mailed. Demand for more than one swap a year was high after the second cookie swap, so we had the “Sweetest Swap” in February, exchanging homemade candies, and now we are looking forward to “Cookies in July.”
In the meantime, please join the effort of reviving “snail mail” and try to think of someone you know who might appreciate a letter. Once you start sending them, you will start to receive personal mail in your own mailbox too, and that is a great feeling.
Update: I just found out about Foodie Penpals, which is the perfect way for us foodies to support the postal service. Through it, you are linked to another participating foodie (you don’t have to be a blogger!) in your country and you mail them goodies. Another foodie gets your name and sends you goodies. I love it! Please click the link to find out more and sign up!!
Ideas for who to send mail to:
Family & friends, obviously. :)
The elderly. Especially if widowed or single, they are often very lonely and a letter would go a long way in lifting their spirits.
Young adults that have left home to go to college. A note from home would mean a lot to them!
Your children’s teachers and coaches. Coaches tend to get more complaints from parents than love, so I’m sure some appreciate would do them good!
A soldier. (Click the link to get an actual address for a soldier if you don’t know any personally.)
Your doctor, dentist, chiropractor, etc.
Become a Chemo Angel and send letters, cards, and/or packages to a person fighting cancer to lift their spirits. How cool is that?
Join Post Crossing to send and receive post cards from around the world!
Help raise money to feed cats and dogs by sending postcards to The Pet Postcard Project.
Sponsor a hungry child and correspond to him/her regularly.
If you have an idea for sending cards, postcards, letters, or care packages, or would like to drop me a personal note, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would gladly include the address of your soldier on this page if you would like to share it!