Every year, more than 3.3 million seniors spend time in senior homes across the United States. It’s estimated that 60% of them will never receive visitors, and in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, that number will near 100%. Through this virtual card making and letter writing experience, you can do your part to alleviate the effects of social isolation for seniors living in residential care.
To do this activity as a team, your group can come together on a video call while each person creates cheerful cards and/or letters. A representative from the organization can also join in order to share more about their mission and how your heartfelt letters will make a difference in people's lives. You’re welcome to use colored pencils, markers, pens, branded stationery, lined paper, or plain white printing paper. It’s not about the stationery--it’s the messages that are written that mean so much!
What you need:
- Stationary (or a blank piece of paper) and an envelope
- Pen or pencil
- A postage stamp
- Craft supplies and decorations (optional)
How it works:
- Start each letter with a generic salutation such as "My dear friend"
- Share a little about yourself (your family, hobbies, work, school, pets, interests, etc.)
- Write large because senior home employees may not have time to read the card to the senior
- Can’t find the words? Consider a drawing or painting
- For letters from adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) if you wish so recipients have the option to reply back
- For letters from children: Include first name only and your age. Do not include any addresses.
- Take pictures of your completed cards and letters and email them to [email protected] to be shared with local senior homes. If you would like to physically mail your cards, please let us know and select one point person on your team who will collect them and mail them all together. The organization will provide the mailing address of a nearby senior residence.