Monday, May 26, 2014

Send Kids The World

Have you ever thought that you wanted to donate something to a charity, but thought I don’t have enough money? Have you thought I don’t have time to volunteer? Believe it or not there are some charities that require minimal effort and money to do something positive. Send Kids The World is one of those charities.

So, I know you all are thinking tell me more. Well, Send Kids The World was started by parents of a child who had a child who was diagnosed with leukemia. After their child was diagnosed a friend of their family began sending postcards to the child while he was traveling on business. This brought great joy to the child, and to their family. But it didn’t stop there, the friend asked others to send the little girl postcards. So the little girl was able to travel all over the place through these postcards even though she wasn’t to go physically.

The family decided that they would start a website that provided information on how to send postcards with life threatening illnesses. The website has a list of children with information about their illnesses. So you can choose the child you wish to send a postcard to. Complete the information the site asks for, which is very simple. And the address will appear.

Now, all you have to do is choose a postcard and write a quick note to the child, put a stamp on it, and drop it off in a mailbox. It really is that easy, and it costs less than $5.00. And it’s a great way to get a child involved in sharing with others.

The site does ask that postcards are the only thing that is sent to the child. No cards, no letters, and no presents. That’s not what this program is about. Postcards are easy for a child to hold, and they can be hung on walls near a child’s bed. It also requests that you do not put get well soon on the card, because many of the children don’t.

You can purchase postcards as you travel. Or if you aren’t traveling many artists offer their artwork in a postcard form. These can be purchased at craft fairs, etsy, zibbet, deviant art, or zazzle. There are loads of sites where you can purchase them. Please also make sure you place the correct postage on the cards, there’s nothing worse than a mailman having to ask for additional money from a family that already is struggling with enormous challenges.

See, I told you it’s an easy and inexpensive way to volunteer time. And you’ll make a child’s day a little brighter by doing so. So go on and visit Send Kids The World.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I just came across this program today and I'm excited to get started on sending some children postcards!