Brighten up someone’s day and put a card or letter in the mail to let someone know that they are being thought of and lift their spirits when going through a difficult time or feeling isolated.
These on-going mail missions have no specific deadline per se but may have them if it is for a specific project such as Valentine for Vets, Holiday Cards for the Troops, or More Love Letter Bundles. Check specific links for details.
Write to the Troops
One of the original Mail Missions!
The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have demonstrated time and again that they will rise to any challenge. Let your Canadian Armed Forces members know you appreciate their service by sending a letter. Check Section 3 of the DND`s instructions to send mail to “Any Canadian Armed Forces Member.” Please read mailing instructions carefully as they will have specific requirements to ensure your letter gets there. They accept year round but may also request for special occasions.
Send a Smile 4 Kids (Canada)
This organization collects and distributes handmade greeting cards to nurses, staff and families to give to hospitalized children on their birthdays and other special dates. Their focus is on providing happy, upbeat birthday cards and “glad you’re going home” cards but they also provide cards for holidays throughout the year. While they have a web page, most of the activity is driven through their Facebook Page Send A Smile 4 Kids.
The World Needs
More Love Letters
One of the newer Mail Missions, and you may have seen their story in the news or social media. This group is a global love letter writing community, helping others through kind words and snail mail. Each month, the website is updated with requests for a person who could use a little love and compassion. They are nominated by a friend who knows how snail mail can make things better. Find all the details at: http://www.moreloveletters.com/
From Me to You
Something as simple as receiving a letter can make the world of difference to a friend or family member suffering from cancer. It is often heard that emotional support disappears as patients embark on surgery and treatment, as those close to them just don’t know what to say or how to communicate. From Me to You hopes their story will inspire you to put pen to paper and write that first letter, whether to someone you know, or to donate a letter, to help someone feel a little less alone during such a challenging time. Check out their website on how you can donate a letter. They also offer writing tips to help you get started.
Volunteer Grandparents –
Letters to Seniors
Volunteer Grandparents based in Burnaby, BC has a Letters to Seniors program, developed to reduce isolation. Falling under their mission to bridge and enrich generations, in the summer of 2020, they initiated a new program aiding the creation of intergenerational connections within the community in a safe and engaging manner during the pandemic and beyond.
Volunteer letter writers of all ages can participate, but priority will be given to youth ages 18 and under, and seniors over the age of 50. They are also only accepting volunteers within Canada at this time. For registration and more information, check their page here.
Stay Gold Society Happy Mail
The Stay Gold Society is a Windsor-Essex (Ontario) based organization on a mission to bring joy to the elderly by distributing handmade cards and gifts, as well as visiting long-term care homes. In this age of screens and instant communication, we often forget the power of a handwritten note. Who wouldn’t love to receive a kind, personalized card complete with original artwork and a handwritten message out of the blue? You have the power to brighten a senior’s day with just a few minutes of your time by creating a handmade card that will be hand delivered to a senior in a long-term care facility. For more information and address to send your letters or handmade cards, click here.