Updated: Jul 12
This week, Letters Against Isolation grew by 140%! With 638 new volunteers, we were able to exceed this week's goal of sending 2,419 letters and cards to the seniors we serve. In fact, the Letters Against Isolation community collectively brought joy to 2,694 seniors this week!
Given that our volunteers have sent out so many wonderful letters and cards this week, I thought it was about time to share some more inspiration for you!
Last week during our Zoom party, all of the attendees held up their favorite stationary for our group photo. What's your favorite stationary to write with? Comment it below!
Our wonderful volunteer Andrea shared that she thinks about the fact that many of our letters are read to seniors. She likes to ask questions that will spark conversations. I loved this idea, and wanted to give you some inspiration for great questions to ask!
How did you spend your 4th of July? What was different about it this year? Ask them if they have a favorite 4th of July memory.
How have you been enjoying the summer weather? Ask them if they have had a chance to get outside and go for a walk. What did they see? My grandmother recently was able to leave her house for the first time in four months. She was so excited to tell me about all of the birds, flowers, and trees she could see!
Tell them what you've been doing to keep whilst during social distancing. Ask them what they've done to get their exercise in. My grandma walks around her apartment 100 times a day to get here 2,000 steps in!
Who have you been keeping in contact with during social-distancing? How have you been doing it? Do you video chat with them, email them, text them, or write to them? What kinds of things do you talk to them about? Ask the senior who they've been chatting with, how, and what they talk about. Maybe hearing what you chat about will give them conversation inspiration!
Make a list of things you've been doing to stay positive. Make them a list as well that they can fill in. Now more than ever, it is so important to remind our seniors to maintain a positive mindset, because we will get through this together!
And now, for some decoration inspiration! Don't worry if you are not artistic! There are still plenty of ways to add a little color to your letters and cards. To read the blog post I wrote specifically for you, click here!
Catherine wrote to the seniors in Florida about the wonderful travels to their state. On the front of the cards, she drew a beautiful picture that corresponds with the memory.
Kimberly and her husband wanted to take up a new hobby - watercolor! They created some gorgeous tie-dye looking paintings.
Lara was inspired by the bouquets of flowers around her house. She drew some vibrant flowers which will bring color and joy to the seniors!
Debbie says her letters are all about making the senior smile! She uses stickers and colored pens, and ends every letter with a pun!
Carol was also inspired by her garden. She put to use her incredible watercolor talent to paint daisies, poppies, and more!
Thank you to Catherine, Kimberly, Lara, Debbie, and Carol for sending us pictures of your letters and cards!
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Comment below what you have been writing about and how you have decorated your letters and cards!
Thank you for spreading joy and helping us fight senior loneliness!