Personalized Greeting Cards for Homebound Older Adults
Sending a handmade card is a wonderful way to connect with our homebound older adult clients. In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written message will be particularly meaningful.
Card Making Directions
1. Create your own handmade card on bi-folded cardstock or use a store-bought card.
2. Please provide envelopes as the cards are being mailed to our clients, but please leave the cards out of their envelopes. We need to read each card before sending them out, and this makes the process much more streamlined.
3. Write a warm or cheerful message on the inside of the card.
4. 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.
5. Under your name, please write, “Made for you by a volunteer of JF&CS.”
6. Please don’t refer to a season/date/holiday. If you don’t refer to the flowers coming up in spring, for instance, it gives us the flexibility to send your card at any time. We will be doing this project for a while.
7. If you are able, please do not write in cursive. Many of our cards are going to people that read English as a second language and are not able to read cursive.
8. Here are some suggestions for your message:
- Wishing you moments of happiness and delight. I hope your day is peaceful and bright.
- I hope you know that you are being thought about by so many people in our community.
- Someone remembers, someone cares. Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers.
- I just wanted to send some happy thoughts your way.
- Wishing you heartfelt thoughts as we stay safe and healthy at home.
- Sending caring thoughts and warm wishes your way.
- Thinking of you and saying hi. I hope you are hanging in there!
- We are thinking of you and sending big smiles to help you through these crazy times.
- A bunch of smiles and a little note to tell you that I am thinking of you.
- I hope you are surrounded by peace and good health.
- I wanted you to know that you are in my heart, hoping that your day is serene and full of peaceful moments.
- Wishing you smiles and lots of sweet thoughts.
- I’m thinking of you during this time and hoping this situation is over really soon so we can go outside and enjoy the sunshine!
- As you are waiting for things to change, may you feel warmth and compassion from all who care about you.
- Best wishes that you will soon be back to doing all of the things you love.
- Waiting is hard work, but remember that you’re not alone. Not a day goes by that you aren’t thought of and wished well.
- Sending you the brightest wishes to say, I hope you are doing well.
- I hope this card brings a little sunshine to your day. You’re being thought of by your friends who think the world of you.
- Things aren't easy in the world right now, but you’re making it. I keep you in my heart and thoughts.
Or feel free to write your own cheerful or warm message!
NOTE: If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian, as we have many Russian-speaking clients.
Delivering Your Cards to JF&CS
We have several options for delivering the cards. Whichever method you choose, please provide your email address so we can easily communicate with you.
1. Mail the cards in a larger envelope or box to:
Manager, Volunteer Services
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
2. Drop off your cards at JF&CS Headquarters (1430 Main Street, Waltham). Drop-offs can occur Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ava Harder's name must be on the package. You will leave cards in a box in the front hall and will not have contact with other people.
3. If you have created a large number of cards and are not able to send them to JF&CS Headquarters, please contact Ava Harder (firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5007) to arrange a mutually convenient location for socially distanced in-person drop-off (into the trunk of a car).
Please remember to leave cards out of their matching envelopes. If you have any questions, please contact Ava Harder at email@example.com or 781-693-5007. Thank you so much for making cards for our clients — it means so much to them!