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  • Writer's pictureCarol Bross-McMahon

Keep your distance, but share your thoughts

It’s a little crazy out there, isn’t it? I’m sure you’ve been bombarded with COVID-19 messages from your bank and water company to your hair salon or favorite retailer. So, I’ll keep this one brief.

Hopefully by now the data is sinking in and you're practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible. Of course, staying at home for a long period of time, while critical to slowing the spread of this virus, comes with its own set of challenges. Two big ones are loneliness and depression.

Some in The Marketing Pack volunteer with a group that works to prevent loneliness among isolated elderly through socialization. We’ve obviously had to make the tough, but necessary decision, to suspend our group activities, which are an emotional lifeline for many of our elderly friends.

However, we continue our work by checking in weekly by phone and by sending cards and letters to the elderly.

Think of the people in your life. Do you have a friend who lives alone? Do you have elderly parents who don’t drive? How about your neighbor, who isn’t normally very social anyway?

A great way to let them know they’re not alone is by sending a card or short letter in the mail. The digital world is ideal for immediate communication, but there’s nothing like getting something unexpected in the mail. It’s something you can hold in your hand, pin to a fridge and see over and over again.

It may not seem like much, especially since it only takes a few minutes to write. But that piece of paper can completely turn someone’s day around. It will probably even make your own day a little brighter.

We’re all in this together. Why not share a small piece of yourself by sending a card or letter to someone you know?

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