Six weeks ago I posted a little note on Instagram asking my favorite card designers and snail mailers if they wanted to donate a few greeting cards to children’s hospitals to help spread cheer and lift spirits. Often, families are in the hospital during special occasions like birthdays and holidays – Mail With Love will help to ensure that children receive a beautiful card during their hospital stay. Also, nurses like to write a card to their patients to wish them well and provide encouragement. These donated cards will provide nurses with a stock of stationery to write these notes. Designers create cards to send cheer and kind words, so that is just what I wanted to make sure happened.
My initial goal was 200 cards. I thought that would be an amazing accomplishment! I made a mental list of designers that I would reach out to. Within minutes of my first Instagram post, the first person on my list reached out to me! When I received that note, I knew this idea could work. I couldn’t believe that snail mailers were sending in their own stashes from all over the world.
I’m so happy to say, that with all of the support of the stationery and snail mail community, we collected over 4,000 cards that will be distributed to Ronald McDonald House, United Way, and Joe Dimaggio’s Children’s Hospital.
This idea that was initially connected to the holiday season turned into something so much bigger and will continue throughout the year. We will be continuing to accept donations of greeting cards. I want to thank everyone who has supported this initiative, including Laura Arenson and Angie Myers. Angie is a dear friend and a fashion and advertising photographer based in DC. I can always count on her for support on all the projects I work on. Her photos are always so beautiful and it was so much fun working with her on capturing all of these cards. Laura Arenson, who has worked so hard to organize the many cards in a beautiful way – I couldn’t have accomplished Mail With Love without her and she has become my partner on this!
Most importantly, I wanted to thank all of the beautiful card designers that donated, because without them, we couldn’t have done this.
Check out Mail With Love to see all of the designers that shared their designs and continue to show their kindness.