Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bringing Smiles Across the Sea

     Earlier this year, I mentioned a website I had discovered that facilitates the process of writing to children with severe illnesses.  For many of these children, having a pen pal, or receiving a letter or package in the mail can really brighten their day.  The site, based in England, is called PostPals.  (When you write to a child, whether by e-mail or snail mail, it gets delivered to a different address and then forwarded to the appropriate person.  This is obviously for security/privacy reasons).
     Today I decided to write e-mails to 2 different children.  The website tells about their family and their interests so it's reasonably easy to make conversation related to their interests.  I also told them a little about my family so they can feel a more personal connection to me.  I hope that my e-mail made them each smile a little more today.  I also hope they'll write back to me so that we can begin to correspond more regularly.  
      Speaking of e-mails, I also exchanged e-mails with my adopted soldier in Afghanistan today.  He received the package I sent last week and was particularly excited to get the peanut butter I sent to him!  You never know what little things people will miss when overseas.  He's also from Kentucky and is a big University of Kentucky basketball fan, so he's one happy soldier right now.  It's been so great to get to know him over the past months.  I can only imagine how important these connections are when you're so many miles from home.


  1. Looks like you and I were on the same page with Post Pals. I'm sure your messages were appreciated!


  2. Small world, David. Breast Cancer Mom again. I'm from Kentucky but now living in Philly! Sounds like your efforts are going beyond the Jersey border. That's great!

  3. Beyond Phiily, beyond Jersey (although I am from the Philly area to begin with) but you have reached me in Japan! Just started today with the postpals. I plan on using your guide at first until I can come up with some of my own IAoK. Thank you thank you thank you for filling an empty place in my heart! I do a lot with the military (hence writing from overseas as we are stationed here now) but love reaching out to ALL people! Sick children, overworked public servants, patient nurses, cranky toll collectors...anyone can benefit from this!!!