This post will be a little different than my usual posts.
While writing a post one day it dawned on me how much words can inspire someone. How they can bring hope during dark times in someone’s life. I then decided to rent a P.O. Box for collecting letters to distribute to group homes, hospitals, shelters, women and children centers, etc. I know a letter will not make everything magically better like it did in Harry Potter, but it can still plant a tiny seed of hope and realization that someone somewhere is rooting for those in dark times to overcome their struggles.
Think of a time where you felt lost and hopeless, what if someone took a small portion of their time to write you a letter to hold on, that brighter days are coming? Would it have made it a little better knowing there are good people out in the world? Maybe, maybe not, but it is still a nice thought that someone was thinking of you during a time of struggle, even if they did not know you personally.
Honestly, this can go one or two ways. They could treasure the letter forever or they will roll their eyes and throw it away. However, if they do roll their eyes and throw it away, you still planted that tiny seed of hope.
A lot of people go through hardships that make it feel impossible to trust words of encouragement. However, later in life most of them reflect on the people who took the time to be there and help them and become grateful, often finding a way to pay it forward. So, while they might be ungrateful at first, many become grateful in time.
This is where the idea to gather letters for those who are going through a hard time living in shelters came to be. So, what can a letter do? It can bring a spark of hope and realization that things can get better for someone who is struggling.
PO Box Information
If you would like to write a letter of encouragement to those who are in need of a little pick me up, you can send your letter to:
Crystal J Grasso
PO Box 2400
Valparaiso, IN 46384
Do not forget to include the #2400, due to it being the number of the PO Box. Without #2400 the letter might not reach its destination.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: I was given the wrong address by mistake, we are currently fixing this and the correct PO Box address has been updated. I truly apologize. If anyone has sent a letter or card I assure you it will get delivered. If you have sent a letter or card, please email me at email@example.com to make sure all letters and cards are accounted for. I apologize once more for this mix-up. We have recovered some of the letters, I am just double checking. I am highly embarrassed, but I needed to let you guys know. Thank you for your time and understanding. (If you bought a card, you have nothing to worry about as all the transactions go through PayPal and not to a physical location. This is just an update for those who sent a letter or card to the PO Box.)
Due to strict rules of confidentiality, the letters will be sent anonymously. We must follow a set of guidelines to be able to give out the letters. This is to ensure the safety of you and the person you are writing a letter to. As well as following the rules of the places we will be delivering the letters.
- You can not include your physical address, phone number, email, social media account, or any type of information regarding contact
- Absolutely under no circumstances should you be hateful, discouraging, belittling, or anything of that nature, in the letter
- No sharp items should be included
- No drug-related items
- No threats
- No pornographic photos
- No pictures of yourself, family, others, etc
- Letters must be opened before giving them out. This is to ensure there is no hateful messages, illegal substances or items, etc.
- You can include your name but limit major details
- Be encouraging and uplifting
If you would like to donate a dollar for the option of buying a card to give out instead of handwriting a letter, you can choose to buy a card down below and Maybe Crazy Help will write an encouraging message on the inside of the card. Or you can send your own personalized message for us to write. Additionally, there are options to buy 1, 5, or 10 cards. You also have the option to choose where you would like your card to go.
Our mission is to collect as many cards, letters, drawings, etc, before Christmas. Christmas is normally a beautiful time for many, however, this holiday can also be painful to those who are spending it in a hospital, shelter, women and children centers, group homes, etc. We want to spread light, love, and encouragement to those who are experiencing hard times, especially during holidays.
However, if you would like us to hand out the letter sooner let us know in the comment box, and we will deliver them as soon as we are able. Furthermore, we will be posting pictures of some of the collected cards and letters to ensure you we are doing what we promise. If you do not want your card to be shown, please let us know in the comment box provided and we will exclude your card or letter from the photos.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post, if you decide to send a letter or card to someone living in a shelter it is greatly appreciated. If you are wanting your card or letter to go to a specific place, be sure to use the comment box and write where you want your letter to go to. Places include:
- Group Homes
- Homeless Shelters
- Half-way Homes
- Women and Children Centers
- Veteran Centers
Some of you might have experiences with some of these places and prefer to write to that specific place. Maybe Crazy Help will sort out all letters and deliver them to the destined place of your choice. If you do not choose a place, that is okay. We will hand your letter or card out to someone at one of these places.
Update: Check out the newest post on the letter and card drive to see how many card’s we’ve collected so far! Update for the Card and Letter Drive on Maybe Crazy Help