Our older folks are experiencing loneliness due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their loved ones aren't allowed to visit and this is tough for everyone.
The Forest Grove Beehive encourages you to write a letter to an elder. The Love for Our Elders organization is a 503c3 organization dedicated to collecting cards and mailing these to elders in senior communities across the globe.
Here some guidelines from the website at loveforourelders.org to get you started writing a letter.
Letters must be legible (large print) and handwritten. Make your card as what you'd like to receive. Avoid religion, if possible. Your letter should resonate with anyone.
Embrace creativity! Recipients love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you to make your letters colorful and heartfelt. Be kind & thoughtful (more than talking about yourself). This is a one-way letter exchange, so you will not receive a letter back. Receiving nothing in return is part of the beauty of your act of kindness, and recipients aren't burdened by feeling obligated or unable to respond.
Envelope your letters if you can! It's so much nicer to receive an enveloped card. If you're sending more than 1 letter, leave your enveloped letters unsealed and unstamped and send them in a larger envelope or box.
Send us as many cards as you'd like! We accept letters year-round, so there's no deadline for when you must send them by.
Send your letters to:
Love For Our Elders
P.O. Box 24248
Cleveland, OH 44124
The Forest Grove Beehive
2122 Hawthorne Street
Forest Grove, OR 97116