This month’s activity to love others is in writing to them. Disciples and Apostles from the Bible wrote to each other, which is how we got books like Titus, Philemon, 1st and 2nd Corinthians. They wrote to encourage, correct, and instruct. Our focus is to encourage others. There are many broken and hurting people out there. They need to hear that God loves them, and that we love them too.
Sit down with your kids and share with them how valuable encouraging is. How powerful writing to a person can be. Talk about how they feel when they get birthday cards, they joy they feel on getting a letter. (Do people send letters or postcards anymore?) Some kids are going to be too young to write a letter themselves, so ask them what they want to say and write it for them. Or let them draw a picture and you write the letter. They can write a story, or talk about themselves, or write about a lesson from God they are learning about.
If you are looking for people to write to here are some thoughts. But you can write to a family member, a neighbor, someone special in your own life, or find someone new to write to.
1.) Major Bill White is a 104 year old retired Marines vetrine. He served in World War 2. Served in the military for 30 years. Earned a purple heart, for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima.
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks of Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
2.) Operation Gratitude is an organization that create care packages for those in the military or those retired. If sending a card, try making it a general thank you card(not a holiday) that way it can be sent at any time of the year! Write to : Deployed Troop, Veteran, New Recruit, Wounded Hero, or Caregiver.
Start the card with “Dear Hero” or “Dear Brave One”
Express Thanks for their selfless service. Share about yourself. Talk about interests. Do not write a date or year on the letter. Don’t put your letter in an individual envelope- because they have to go through an internal screening process.
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
3.) Nursing home addresses in the area
Brunswick at Attleboro
310 E Winchester Ave
Right at Home
340 E Maple Ave, Ste 209
262 Tollgate Rd
A website that you can nominate someone to receive ‘love letters’ from others or you can write letters to people who have been nominated. Not a religious site, but you are allowed to write about your faith in the letters. A great way to spread God’s love to those who need it.