School is out and the kids will have lots of free time over these next few months. This is the perfect time to engage them in an activity that is not only fun, but will benefit others. Back in 2007 I created a non-profit organization called "Snail Mail For Seniors", with the mission being to let lonely senior citizens know that they are not forgotten. In this age of e-mail and texting, people are sending less actual cards and letters through the mail. There is a large population of senior citizens living in nursing and assisted living homes in Michigan that never receive any mail. To receive an actual piece of mail that they can hold, read, and hang on their wall is a real treat. Our organization currently sends mail to over 800 senior citizens in our state monthly, and I've been told that in most cases, our mail is the only mail these seniors receive. They especially love items from children, and this is where your kids can help!
We would love to have your kids color pictures, or make cards for our seniors. They do not have to be fancy, just get out the crayons and maybe some stickers if you have them. We ask that glitter is not used as it is messy for seniors. Your kids can just make the pictures, or include a short note. Please do not write "get well" on the cards. They can sign them with their name and age if they'd like. We have some volunteers that make this a project with their whole family. Maybe someday you could gather your neighborhood kids around to make cards for us, or include this as an activity at your neighborhood or family picnics. Envelopes are appreciated, but not necessary. Do you have too much end of the year artwork from your kids? Donate it to us!
We have a drop-off center for local donations at the front desk of Waltonwood Assisted Living Home at 2000 Canton Center Rd., between Ford and Saltz Rd. Please have your items in a bag or box marked "Snail Mail" with the name of the volunteers so we can thank them on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Snail-Mail-For-Seniors/124492997569226
Our address is: Snail Mail For Seniors, P.O. Box 87491, Canton, MI 48187
We also accept non-made greeting cards and can use donations of padded manila envelopes for mailing the cards to the nursing homes, stamps, inkjet address labels, card stock, stickers for cards, etc. Please take a look at our website for more information: www.snailmailforseniors.com
I hope to keep this organization running for many years, but I need to be able to keep the supply of cards coming in. Let's get the kids involved, and show them that helping others can be fun and also rewarding!