Monday, 3 May 2010
Send a smile through the mail
I went into the Marie Curie charity shop last week and bought some handmade cards to help raise funds for the charity. I then spent a very worthwhile couple of hours this evening personalising them and writing get well messages inside for children who need, more than anyone else, something to smile about!
The children I've written to all have various health conditions that make them very poorly. They are registered on the site mentioned below: Postpals, and post information about themselves and their conditions in the hope that people will see it and want to write to them and cheer them up! What a great idea. I've read their profiles and have chosen little gifts to send with the cards that I hope will give them something to look forward to. I really hope that by reading this, you feel you'd like to join me in brightening the day of a child who'd love to hear from you!
It doesn't have to cost anything (there's no requirement to send gifts), there's no signing up and no hassle.
Here's a quote from one of the children on the site: "Anna-Mae gets such enormous pleasure from receiving mail from all around the world; it’s difficult to put into words. She sees the people that sends mail as her friends, and because of this her confidence has grown. It has even opened a door for making friends at school, as she takes her mail into school to show her class so making an opening to talk about herself and her problems in a very positive way. Her confidence in herself and her abilities has also grown, as she loves to reply to the mail. (time allowing)"- Anne, Mum to Anna Mae C, aged 10, Charcot-Marie-Tooth
So what are you waiting for? Read a story on the site, get in touch, brighten their day and sit back and relax and know that you're responsible for putting a smile on a sick child's face.