LETTERS OF LOVE
Write a letter to an elder
COVID-19 UPDATE (accurate to-date): We are still accepting letters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for supporting our elders during this critical effort to fight loneliness. Physical isolation is important for public health right now, but our elders deserve to feel supported, too.
We’d love it if you’d write a handwritten letter today to support what we do. Please note that we do not accept emailed or typed letters.
Right now, our biggest need as an organization is donations. Due to an overwhelming number of letters coming in, we need donations to keep our Letters of Love program and other programs up and running. If you are able and want to support our elders, please consider supporting Love for the Elderly with a small donation.
We need your help. We want you to write letter(s) that will uplift an elderly stranger!
We’re not all Hemingways, but we can all make something beautiful for ourselves and others by putting pen to paper.
According to a Pennsylvania State University and UC Irvine study, “small gestures in everyday life,” like showing compassion and performing random acts of kindness, help us feel loved.
In the digital age, words on paper are a novelty that we overlook. Letters are something to cherish: to set on a desk, to stick to a fridge, to bind in a scrapbook.
That’s where we come in.
We’re collecting cards and mailing these to elders in senior communities across the globe. These include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices and senior centers with whom we’ve connected. Over the years, you’ve sent us tens of thousands of letters from 66 countries, and the numbers keep growing!
You can write by yourself, with friends, or even at school or the office.
Take a few minutes right now, sit down, and write a letter to an elder (a stranger) telling them about yourself, maybe say a joke or a riddle and let them know that they are loved. Making a difference can be so simple, yet it can be incredibly impactful!
It might feel difficult at first to be writing to someone you don’t know. Our advice: just pretend like it’s a conversation! What kinds of things would you want to talk about to a stranger?
BEFORE SENDING YOUR LETTER(S), HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES:
1. 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.
2. Avoid religion. Please refrain from including anything religious in your letters, such as religious quotes, words like “God,” etc.
3. Exclude the date (day, month, and year).
4. Embrace creativity! Recipients love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you to make your letters detailed, thoughtful and heartfelt.
5. Be kind and thoughtful (more than talking about yourself). This is a one-way letter exchange, meaning you will not receive a letter back, so remember that no reciprocation attached is part of the beauty of your act of kindness, and the recipients don’t feel burdened by feeling obligated or being unable to respond.
6. Envelope your letters if you can! It’s so much nicer to open up an enveloped card, don’t you think? 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.
7. Share your act of kindness! We love seeing photos of your letter writing, and it helps promote our cause more than you know. Tag us @love4theelderly and our founder @jacobcraa and tag #lovefortheelderly
8. Send us as many cards as you’d like! We accept letters year-round, so there’s no deadline for when you must send them by.
READY TO MAIL? YAY! SEND TO:
Love For The Elderly
P. O. Box 24248
Cleveland, OH 44124
We’re thrilled you’ve joined us on our journey of love. But we don’t want it to stop here. Join our community on Facebook!
We’re run entirely by volunteers who read, sort and package letters and coordinate with senior facilities. While we LOVE what we do, it’s not easy.
Consider taking your giving a step further by making a contribution along with your letters to help us pay for postage and run our other important projects!