Social Engagement: Medium
What’s What: Write letter(s) that will uplift a stranger! You can make something beautiful happen just by putting pen to paper.
Amava Take: Isolation among older Americans was already a problem. In 2013, a young man from Ohio had a simple, brilliant idea and the passion to make it happen and he acted upon it, creating an organization that collects and disseminates letters to the right people at the right time. Covid-19 has exacerbated the social isolation of older people. If you’re wondering how to help, meet the Letters of Love campaign, a project of Love for the Elderly.
Question and Answers:
What will happen to what I send in?
Letters of Love will mail letters to elders in senior communities across the globe. These include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices and senior centers.
Are there some guidelines to follow?
Letters must be legible (large print) and handwritten. No worries if you’re not artistic– make your card as what you’d like to receive. Please avoid religion, if possible, so that your letter resonates with anyone. Exclude the date (day, month, and year) and embrace creativity! Recipients love it when the letters are personal. Be kind and thoughtful!
Should I include envelopes?
If you can! If you’re sending more than 1 letter, leave your enveloped letters unsealed and unstamped and put them in a larger envelope or box to send.
Should I share this on social media?
Why not! Tag @love4theelderly and @joinamava (or @discoveryournext on Instagram). It might spur more people to get involved.
How many letters can I send?
As many as you’d like! Letters of Love accepts letters year-round and there’s no deadline.
What’s the address?
Love For The Elderly
PO Box 24248
Cleveland, OH 44124
Special Requirements: Pens, paper, envelopes, some postage and a desire to make a difference.