Would you like to serve others more? Want to involve your kids? I have the best idea that you can do from home, and it will help you and your kids practice your writing skills, but it will be so much fun you won’t even realize you’re benefiting too.
A few years ago, I had this great idea to make a list of all the addresses where you could send cards or letters to uplift others. I googled some ideas, but like a few things in my life, this good intention slipped to the backburner.
But then I met a friend who shared a great idea on her blog. She created a Snail Mail Society, matching pen pals who wanted to reach out to one another through the mail. Why snail mail? Because it’s become so rare. No one gets fun cards or letters in the post anymore. It’s all electronic–and soon forgotten.
So my old idea to help others through kind words in the mail came to mind again. And it’s been bugging me ever since. This simple act can be done individually, as a family, a group service project–whatever. The only rule is that you have to sit down and write or draw–with your hands and fingers. Bonus if you use cursive!
So let your kids see you taking the time to write to others. Make it fun. Gather paper scraps, fun pens, stickers, and a wacky sense of humor. Or make it totally color-coordinated and sentimental–whatever suits your style.
Here are some addresses you can send your fun cards and letters to. It’s Snail Mail Service!
Operation Gratitude: Write letters to certain specifications, to be included in packages to military personnel. Complete a donor form online and ship all letters to:
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
A Million Thanks: Another opportunity to serve men and women in the US Armed Forces, its mission is similar to the previous group’s. Send all letters to:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd, #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861
More Love Letters: I’m in love with this adorable volunteer group and their site. They take requests for individuals needing a boost of encouragement. Then they select a few and post them on their site. Each love letter request tells a story about the nominated recipient. Included is an address and deadline for that particular request. So perfect! Visit them soon. 🙂
Write a Prisoner: We never know what has happened in someone’s life. Though we don’t condone wrongful actions, every person is someone’s child. Every person has a story. But maybe no one reaches out to them. You could be the one. If this feels right to you, search the profiles listed on the website and see if you might be a penpal match. Inmates do not have internet access. Addresses are listed on each profile.
Open Doors Youth: You can write letters of hope to fellow Christians worldwide. Instructions for writing the letters are included on the home page, and you choose someone’s featured story. Contact information is provided for each one. If you’ve ever read the book God’s Smuggler (*affiliate link), you’ll recognize the name of this group and their global efforts to support fellow believers.
I hope you and your family are uplifted by your efforts to write a few encouraging words to others. I do want to suggest that you take great care to protect your identity, especially if your children are helping. It’s totally OK to only use first names or just go anonymous. I also wouldn’t suggest including your return address. Just enjoy sending messages of hope, knowing that you’re making a difference in another person’s life. It’s a small gift that will brighten your outlook as well as their’s. 🙂
Do you know of any other places that accept letter donations? I’d love to hear about them.
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