Why You Simply Must Write a Letter This Month!
Honestly, my favorite thing about April is my mom's birthday. But a close second might be that it's National Card and Letter Writing Month. As a stationery designer, it kind of goes with the territory.
I love getting cards and letters! Don't you? They're so much nicer than bills and the junk mail I seemed to get more than my fair share of. It makes me happy to know someone was thinking of me. I mean, that's the point, isn't it? Remember the last time you received a card in the mail. How did it make you feel? Pretty good, right?
So what is National Card and Letter Writing Month?
The U.S. Postal Service officially designated April as National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001 “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.” I think William Campbell, U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer said it best, “Sure, email and texting is quick and convenient, and Facebook has photos and videos, but nothing beats the thrill and excitement of opening your mailbox and finding a personal letter addressed to you.”
Letter writing has become a lost art with so much technology at our fingertips. Not so long ago, however, letter writing was commonplace and really the only way to communicate with loved ones far away. According to the National Postal Museum, "Not only did they bring the latest news (even if it came days, weeks or even months later), but they were physical manifestations of the senders. The loved ones’ hands wrote the words, folded the letter and sealed it into an envelope. Each letter still brings with it that gift, a physical connection that can’t be replicated through phones or tablets."
Are you up for a letter writing challenge?
There are several campaigns going on around this month long celebration. Although I'm not affiliated with any of them, I thought you might be interested in joining their movements to encourage letter writing and literacy, or to simply connect with other human beings. Check out:
Page Stationery. They're challenging their team to write a letter a day throughout the month of April and want you to join them on their journey of making mailboxes popular again. They've even given it's blog readers ideas on what to write about.
Soldiers' Angels. The Letter Writing Team at Soldiers' Angels is a group of people who write to service members. They know how important it is for soldiers to hear their name called at mail call. You might be surprised to know that some service members don't get any mail from home. You can help fill the void by joining their team.
Write_On is a mission to promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence. Inspired by Egg Press founder Tess Darrow, the Write_On Challenge launched in 2014 with the entire staff of Egg Press and Hello!Lucky, writing 30 letters in 30 days. Follow the movement and share your own experience with this hashtag: #Write_On.
I hope you'll consider picking up a pen and joining in on the movement to encourage letter writing and literacy. A simple card or letter can really bring the receiver a little joy, knowing that you cared enough to take a few minutes out of your day to say hi.
Have you joined a letter writing campaign? Post in the comments below and let me know how it's going and what you've gotten out of the experience. I love reading about how people are connecting.
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Until next time, let's make the world a happier place, one smile at a time.