Sending a handmade card is a wonderful way to connect with our older adult clients. In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written message will be particularly meaningful.
See below for directions!
Create your own card using stationery, a handmade creation, or a store bought card you already have at home. Please provide envelopes if possible, though please do not seal them as we will be mailing the cards to our clients and will want to pair the card with the person who will appreciate it the most.
Letters must be legible, large print and handwritten. Embrace creativity! No worries if you’re not artistic–make your card what you’d like to receive. Recipients love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you to make your letters detailed, thoughtful and heartfelt. 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.
Write a warm or cheerful message on the inside of the card. Here are some wording suggestions to get you started:
Or feel free to write your own cheerful or warm message!
Sign your first name (if the card-maker is a child, they can write their age in parenthesis). If you are writing on behalf of a school or organization, you can write that too.
On the back of the card, feel free to write “Made for you by a volunteer of JFS” or this can be put under your signature.
NOTE: If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian for Russian-speaking clients.
We have two options for delivering the cards:
1. Mail the cards in a larger envelope or box to:
Jewish Family Service
2004 W. Allen Street
Allentown, PA 18104
2. Put your cards in a sealed plastic bag and drop them off at our JFS office in the mailbox in front. Chelsea's name must be on the package. Our office is currently operating with restricted hours and we are not accepting visitors for everyone's safety.
3. If you have created a large number of cards and are not able to send them to the JFS office, please contact Chelsea Karp (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-821-8722) to arrange a mutually convenient location for socially distanced in-person drop-off (into the trunk of Chelsea's car).
Please remember - don't seal the envelope(s). If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Karp (email@example.com or 610-821-8722). Thank you so much for making cards for our clients — it means so much to them!