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Post Pals June 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, People.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up, and here’s a wonderful way to do just that:

(1)  Visit Post Pals

(2)  Find a Pal ~ pick one name or several from the list of Post Pal children who are currently suffering with serious illnesses ranging from brain tumors to cystic fibrosis to leukemia to neuroblastoma. 

The list (updated regularly) includes the child’s first name, last initial, date of birth, and diagnosis (with each disease defined).  

By clicking on the child’s name, you can learn more about their interests, the  history of the disease, and periodic updates on the child’s condition. 

(3)  Write a Post to send via snail mail or e-mail.  If you want to send an e-mail, just click on the link and type an upbeat and cheery message.   Share something funny that happened to you, or an age-appropriate joke you heard. 

If you want to send letters or small gifts, a forwarding address is included for your use.

Before corresponding, please review Vik’s Tips for What To Say & What Not To Say:  Post Pals Latest News (scroll down to Vik’s post of 5/24/2010) 

(4)  Send It Off . . . knowing that you’ve helped a sick child smile.  

Quote:   It is not how long a star shines . . . what is remembered is the brightness of the light.


1. cindy - June 29, 2010

It’s such a kind gesture, I wonder how emotionally involved I would get …

nrhatch - June 29, 2010

If you click on the Latest News link, you will run across obituaries for children on your way to Vik’s post of 5/24/2010.

These children are very sick, but many live for years and years and receiving correspondence is a bright spot in their day.

The video link shows their smiles and the proud display of notes and cards and drawings they received.

But, it’s not for everyone.

We only add to the happiness of the word if the actions we take increase our own happiness.

If engaging with these children causes a good Samaritan to dissolve into a puddle of tears every time he/she writes, it’s not the right volunteer effort for that individual.

We can only do what we can do.

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