By Di Patterson, September 20, 2021
Originally written for a Junior High classroom for a “Random Act of Kindness Day”
Love. Kindness. Caring. Things we think about when we are hoping for good things for family members or friends…enter The Card Campaign!
The concept is simple: mail cards on a regular basis to people you want to show your love, kindness and caring to this Holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year) Season and at other times when people we care about need cheering up!
The Card Campaign works anytime of year, and is especially welcome when someone you care about is lonely or getting over an illness or is sad with a loss. Maybe someone they loved died or their pet died or they have some sickness that is stopping them from their usual activities of daily living…if it was you, you would want someone to care. Right? And it’s a fun project that will help you not be lonely, too!
Physical cards last longer than a text or an email. So, here’s what you do:
The cards can be store-bought or handmade. The envelope can be any size. Maybe you have a coupon you made or a gift card you want to enclose. Maybe you drew some art or found a photo or printed out an online article to mail with your card. Just make sure the envelope will hold everything. You can use scotch tape to close it, just don’t put tape over the stamp(s) or the post office won’t mail it.
Pick a day of the week (or two) and mail your card(s) every week (put it in your phone’s calendar and set a reminder!) This will surprise your mail recipient…and when the cards keep arriving the same time every week, your mail recipient will be delighted that he or she is being remembered so thoughtfully. You will have brought a sense of JOY to your family member or friend…the joy that comes when someone cares about another person enough to mail good wishes and happy thoughts!
It’s really a cool thing to do, and even better, it’s GOOD. And you’ll be glad you did it!
©Di Patterson, CPG: “No one WANTS to age, but EVERYONE wants to AGE WELL!”