On the WEEKEND of letter writing....

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This weekend, we are dedicating our letter writing efforts to a community cause. “Girls Love Mail” is a nonprofit that delivers bundles of handwritten letters to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s a chance to encourage someone you may never meet who is walking through something new and unpredictable right now. It’s a chance to reach out and touch someone to say, “You’re not alone in this fight.”

For today, we ask that you pay close attention to the guidelines below when writing these letters:

*From the Girls Love Mail website.

Hand-Write your Letter

Your letter must be hand-written. We ask for at least 4 personal lines of hand-written textJust your favorite quote or “You Got This” is NOT enough.You’re doing more than writing a letter, you’re sending a hand-made gift. The time and care you take really comes through! (See FAQs if you can’t hand-write.)

Avoid Death, Bad Language, and Religious Convictions

We help recipients regardless of race, religion, age, type of treatment, or cancer stage. For this reason, we are unable to hand out letters that are not universally appropriate.

DEATH: It’s difficult for someone newly diagnosed to hear about others who have died from cancer or other diseases. Mention your loved one without sharing the outcome. For example, “My grandmother fought breast cancer and she liked to wear a different wig every day.”

LANGUAGE: As a 501(c)3 who works with public hospitals, we keep it extra clean. Along with banning the really bad words (you know the ones), the following are also banned:
– Hell (ex: Breast Cancer is hell.)
– Cancer Sucks
– Kick Cancer’s Butt
– Dirty or off-color jokes
– Quotes with banned words and phrases that include “badass” and the like.

RELIGION: Refrain from religious references and other non-inclusive wording such as; quoting scriptures, telling how/who to worship, “God Bless You,” or other religious overtures. This also applies to pre-printed cards. We do allow “I’m praying for you” once in your letter.

Greeting, Signature, and Date

Start your letter with “Dear Friend” or “Dear Sister.” Sign your first name and last initial (Gina M.). For children, please include the age or grade level on the letter.  Do NOT date your letters. Do NOT reference holidays. NO Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.  It takes 6-8 weeks before your letter is handed to a recipient.

PLEASE SEND ALL LOVE LETTERS TO:

Girls Love Mail Bundle

33 Belvedere Rd

North Haven

CT

06473

LETTERS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 20, 2018