Looking for safe ways to make a difference this holiday season? How about writing or responding to a letter? Here are some ideas:
- 12 Days of Love Letters: More Love Letters is hosting a “12 Days of Love Letters” event from December 7-18. Each morning they will post a new letter request from someone who could use some encouragement. You can sign-up here.
- Operation Santa: Did you know that children can send letters to Santa through the U.S. postal service? Help make a child’s holiday season brighter by responding to a letter and sending gifts. For the first time ever, USPS will post all letters online, making it easy to participate.
- Letters to the elderly: Help bring the elderly some cheer by sending holiday cards to a local nursing home. You can make your own cards or buy them through an organization like Greet for Good, which connects participants with charities that sell holiday cards, or Cards for Causes.* If you’d rather not write to a local nursing home, you can send letters to the elderly through Love for our Elders.
- Postcards to Georgia: Send postcards or letters to Georgia to urge voters to participate in the upcoming Senate runoff election on January 5. This election is incredibly important, as it will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate. You can volunteer with Postcards to Swing States, Vote Forward, Postcards to Voters or MomsRising, among other groups.
- Write for Rights: Participate in Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign to help human rights advocates throughout the world who were unjustly imprisoned, attacked or disappeared.
If you have other ideas for letters, please share them in the comments. Thanks!
*Please note: I have not used either of these services, so this is not an endorsement. I just found them during my research and thought they were worth sharing.