Sunday, January 14th, is the first day of Universal Letter Writing Week. Writing letters is a seemingly lost art. Most people still haven’t send thank-you notes for their Christmas gifts. But why write letters when you can send a text or an email?
But for seniors, letters can be life-changing. While many seniors have technology skills and take full advantage of social media and the Internet, others do not. Hearing and speech impairment make phone calls difficult. But letters remain an avenue of communication that can be enjoyed by most people, regardless of technological skills or mobility.
Even today, as we scroll though emails, deleting most because they don’t really have anything important to say, our heart skips with joy when we see handwritten envelopes addressed to us in our mailboxes. Everyone enjoys a good letter received via good, old-fashioned snail mail. Why not celebrate Universal Letter Writing Week by writing a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life?
So put your pen to paper. Write a letter during Universal Letter Writing Week and make a difference. Write that thank-you card to someone, that “I love you” letter to a grandparent, or whatever kind of kindness you want to spread through the mail. You may be surprised at the difference you can make.
Jacob, a young man from Cleveland, Ohio, began a non-profit called “Love for the Elderly.” The organization solicits “Letters of Love” for the elderly. Jacob invites everyone to join him in this unique way to care for the elderly. To learn more about this program, click here.
To learn the basics on letter writing, because it has probably been a while, watch the video below:
If you are looking to minister to residents at one of the Providence communities, whether during Universal Letter Writing Week or any time, click here to find the community nearest you.