This post is about a story I heard on our local public radio station in town (capradio.org).
The story was about a "charity" of sorts that is asking for handwritten letters.
From the website. "The goal of Girls Love Mail is to give the gift of a hand-written letter to a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Anyone with a story to share or desire to encourage another woman can write a letter. You begin with “Dear Friend” or “Dear Sister” and write from the heart. Once your letter is ready, send it to Girls Love Mail. We will then distribute the letters via appropriate physician offices, support groups, and cancer centers."
Now from my perspective, I cannot think of a more appropriate thing for the letter writing community to get involved with than something we all do on a daily basis.
I personally have one immediate family member that just had a double mastectomy. Kim just went through thyroid cancer, and a co-worker is currently going through hell trying to stay alive after being told she would be dead in 6 months 5 years ago. It came back with a vengeance. She is currently going through her 3rd round of Chemo getting ready for a bone marrow transplant. She also is one of the strongest persons I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
SO.. This is what I am asking of our community. Go to this site -> http://www.ginamulligan.com/girls-love-mail/ do a little reading. They even have some sample letters for you to peruse. They get the letters and distribute them to patients through the Drs offices, support groups etc.
We all know the joy of getting real mail in the post box every day. Imagine how your letter could lift the spirits of someone going through what could possibly be the worst times of their lives. You never know, your letter could be the thing that gives them a little lift and respond. Having something to read, absorb and respond to can be a changing thing for some folks. An outside view if you will.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Now go and write some letters.