As I was driving today, I was heard an amazing story on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast. A teacher at a Christian school here in Indianapolis, Dan Stroup, sends his students a letter on their birthday. Not just his current students. All of his students. Every year on their birthday, his students receive a letter from him, celebrating their special day. Student after student shared what a special teacher he was, and how important those letters were to them. For over 30 years, Mr. Stroup has been sending letters to his former students, and it has made a huge difference in their lives.
That story really got me thinking about the power of “snail mail.” We live in an age of technology, and nearly all of our communication with each other is digital. For this reason, getting something in the mail just carries more weight. Sending a card or a letter is intentional. It takes time and thought. Though it is a small, inexpensive gesture, it coveys a sense of caring that goes beyond what is being received. It’s not just what the card says; it’s that you cared enough to send it.
Recently, Hallmark asked me to participate in the Get Carded challenge. They provided me with seven greeting cards, and asked me to send one a day for a week to anyone I wanted to connect with. They then asked if I would share my experience with you.
Every person I sent a card to shared with me how much it meant to them. One friend told me, “This was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time.” Another friend told me reading her card brought tears to her eyes. I don’t know if I can adequately put into words how good it felt to know I had done something to bless seven people who had been a blessing to me. It was a great reminder that while email, Twitter, and Facebook are all great, nothing can replace sending someone a card.
The wonderful people at Hallmark didn’t just give ME seven cards to send, they also provided me with seven cards to give away to one lucky Mom for Less reader. All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me one person that you would send a Hallmark card. The contest will end September 5th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, and the winner will be chosen randomly. I’ll contact the winner directly, and post who won on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Even if you don’t win the giveaway, I encourage you to take some time to send a card to someone special. For the cost of a card and a stamp, you can make someone’s day.
Full disclosure: Hallmark was kind enough to provide me with seven greeting cards and seven stamps to use for the purpose of writing this entry, as well as seven greeting cards to give away. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions expressed are my own.