A curated a collection of opportunities for spreading joy, making connections, and helping make the world a better place through scribbling, letter-writing, and other related pursuits. The opportunities are grouped by whether they are time sensitive (Scribble Quickly!) or ongoing (Leisurely Pens).
No rush today! Take your time and peruse the opportunities listed below.
Write, Stamp & Send
Love for the Elderly – Founded by 14-year-old Jacob Cramer, this initiative collects “letters of kindness” and distributes them to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Mail a Smile – A growing community of “kind, artistic people who all strive to send their mail art to someone in need of a smile.” Each new themed challenge is posted to the blog along with information about the challenge’s recipient.
One Million Lovely Letters – Founder Jodi Ann Bickley wants to send a million letters out to people who need words of encouragement. She is collecting letters for a series of “Find the Right Words” art installations where attendees will be invited to choose and take letters with them.
Operation Gratitude – An initiative to get letters and care packages into the hands of active U.S. military personnel, wounded warriors, and veterans.
Postcard Happiness Project – An initiative to allow people to send “a little postal kindness” to those who are in need of a boost. In addition to sending postcards to the people featured on the site, you can also contact the project’s creator, Tatjana Buisson, to suggest possible recipients.
Post Pals – “Post a smile on a sick child’s face.” This U.K. initiative uses the postal system to brighten the day for children living with chronic illness. Post Pals was started by Vikki who was inspired by the positive impact of the many cards and letters she received when first bedbound due to severe ME.
Send Kids the World – This project enables you to reach out to kids with life threatening illnesses and injuries by sending postcards to cheer and encouarge.
The World Needs More Love Letters – This project seeks letter writers to help send bundles of “handwritten love letters, to strangers in need all over the world.” Contribute a general love letter, respond to a specific call for letters, leave love letters in public places, or become part of the Team of Love Letter Writers.
Reduce, Reuse, Resend
Holocaust Stamp Project – The students at Foxborough Regional Charter School have undertaken a project to collect 11 million canceled stamps to provide a concrete representation of the number of people who were victims of the Holocaust during World War II. They accept stamps from individuals and businesses from anywhere in the world. “Each stamp that is collected symbolizes one wasted life, “thrown away” as having no value, much the same way as an envelope bearing a cancelled stamp postage stamp is tossed in the trash. … Our goal is to honor the memories the 11 million Holocaust victims and to celebrate the lives of those who still survive today and bravely share their powerful personal memories and stories.”
Recycled Card Program – Give used greeting cards a second life by donating them to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Recycled Card Program. Participants will use them to make new cards that will then be sold to support the work St. Jude’s Ranch does with abused, abandoned and neglected children and families. Be sure to check out the donation guidelines as there are a few restrictions on what brands of cards can be accepted.