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National Send a Card to a Friend Day


Isn’t it fun to open your mailbox and find a handwritten card or letter? Everyone gets a stab of joy from that, especially the elderly and children. The card shows that someone took the time to think of you and went out of their way to send you this remembrance. February 7 is National Send a Card to a Friend Day. Let’s do this! Even if you don’t send out a card on the day, just grab a card, write a note, and share the love when you can.


I was going through some pictures this past week and found a few that stirred memories of fun times with friends. I pulled a couple of these and sent them off with a card and a note. I can just imagine the smile on their face when they open it.


Not only will the recipient feel joy but sending the card also lifted my spirits. A card is an easy way to express my appreciation for the other person as my friend.


It’s also fun to put a special stamp on the card. I like to have a few in my drawer for special cards. You can order these stamps from the post office and they will deliver them to you.


For fun I looked up the history of greeting cards and was surprised to learn how long they have been with us. As early as the 15th century Europeans were sending paper greeting cards. In the 1860s mass production of cards began. In 1910 Hallmark got started.


Today you purchase cards almost anywhere – even in your grocery store. I like to have a few on hand at all times for those unexpected events but usually I buy them as needed. I have some clients who have files of cards on hand sorted by categories. If you have the time and the inclination making your own special card is even better.


As you remember that special friend, instead of just firing off an email, send them a card. It shows that you took the extra time to think about them and write a message. The card is a tangible item touched by both the sender and the receiver and bridges that gap between them.


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Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients tackle the toughest organizational issues. Jonda does hands on organizing and virtual organizing. For more of Jonda’s tips connect with her on Facebook.



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Julie Bestry
Julie Bestry
Feb 14, 2023

I love getting mail, and I used to love sending mail. However, the postal service kerfuffles combined with COVID meant that mail that used to take 2-3 days to get somewhere can take up to ten days now, and I got out of the habit of sending letters, or even cards. Other than thank you notes, I don't think I've mailed anything in three years. But you've reminded me how much joy I used to get from the experience. I'm going to make a point of sending letters and cards again!

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julie
Feb 13, 2023

I found it interesting during Covid. I sent Christmas cards because for all the reasons you stated I thought it would be nice for people to know I was thinking about them and to have fun mail. Someone said, " I am not going to see them so I don't need to send a card." That was the exact reason I wanted to send a card. I send cards often to people I know who would love getting mail and displaying it. I like your idea of putting an old photo in it if they would appreciate it and not think of it as clutter.

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jondab
jondab
Feb 13, 2023
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That person called me yesterday and thanked me for being their friend. It meant a lot to her and to me.

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smqorgadm
Feb 13, 2023

What a great way to reach out to people and surprise them! Thanks for sharing. I have many greeting cards here because when we cleared out my mother-in-law's house, she would send everyone greeting cards for birthdays. It reminds me of her devotion to mail greeting cards whenever I pull from them. I always enjoyed receiving them. 😀

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jondab
jondab
Feb 13, 2023
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I enjoy receiving them as well which is only one reason that I send them.

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Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels
Feb 13, 2023

I enjoy writing and making cards for birthdays, special events, and non-events too. When I sit to write a note, I think about who I'm writing to. It makes me feel happy to think about that person and write something personal. In the age of emails, texts, and other digital communication, I like going old school. Writing a handwritten note takes more time, but I appreciate the slowing down, and putting pen to paper. It's an immersive experience.

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jondab
jondab
Feb 13, 2023
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Made cards are the best! My husband buys cards for me but then embellishes them with his hand drawn pictures and comments.

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