Letters for Kupuna
Almost 60,000 seniors in Hawaii are currently living alone or in group housing. As the most vulnerable to Coronavirus, that have been placed in strict isolation, exastrebating the issue to lonelineness and depression already plauging seniors.
Their limited familiarity with technology prevents them from connecting using Zoom like the rest of us. Handwritten letters were the principle means of communication when they were young, and continues to represent a cherished medium for them.
We can make a different by sending letters of support and helping them feel connected to the community.
Why a digital letter?
We don’t expect that everyone has envolopes and stamps handy, so rather than exclude those people from contributing, we made it easy for you to send a digital letter. We don’t think a simple printed letter would have the same effect on the letter recipients as reading handwriting, so using a robotic handwriting service we can turn your typed letter into a sentimental handwritten note.
Letter Writing Guidelines
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. If you send a digital letter, part of your donation will go towards having it “hand written” by a digital letter writing service.
Please refrain from including anything religious in your letters, such as religious quotes, words like “God,” etc.
Keep it positive
You can write about any and everything, but overall please keep your letters positive. You can write about a meal that you cooked, your adorable pets, anything positive going on in your life, funny stories, or even poems.
Exclude the date
Please refrain from mentioning the day, month, or year.
Recipients love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you to make your letters detailed, thoughtful and heartfelt.
Be kind and thoughtful
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.
Use an envolope
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.
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 @covid19_hawaii and tag #lettersforkupuna
Send as many letters as you’d like
Our goal is to collect at least 5000 letters, but we’d like to collect many more than that. If you feel compelled, feel free to write as many letters as you can.
Ready to mail? Send to:
PO Box 283250, Honolulu, HI 96828.
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