How a single letter can warm hearts all over the world… 19



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Many elderly people living in our community do not have family or friends nearby. To help combat isolation and loneliness, one non-for-profit organisation is writing anonymous letters of kindness to elder people across the globe.

Love For The Elderly was incredibly created by a 13-year-old boy. Jacob Cramer recognised the needs of some elderly people to receive friendship and human connections.

“So many elderly people have no one to care for them, no one to look after them, no one to love them. We are here to change that”, Love For The Elderly’s website reads.

“(Jacob) eagerly wanted to make a difference, and began thinking of what he could do to touch the lives of the elderly, a group which he felt could greatly benefit from additional tender, loving kindness”.

“Although it seemed a strange concept at first… writing kind messages to people you’ve never even met, his idea quickly became a reality”, the website adds.

Love For The Elderly distributes cards and letters from its volunteers to nursing homes, hospitals and retirement villages throughout the world.

Its letters are sent throughout 40 countries, including Australia, Europe and America – where Love For The Elderly began. So far Jacob and his team of volunteers have delivered over 10,000 letters of kindness to people in need.

You can find out more information about the letter-writing movement here.

Would you write letters to a stranger? Isn’t this a lovely way to make the world a kinder place? Are letters still relevant in this day and age?

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  1. Now who cares less about what the royals are saying when we have young men and women of this caliber doing great things for other people and asking for nothing in return. Personally I love writing letters,( just ask my local members of the parliaments). It is an art we are losing and the loss will be terrible. It certainly is not for my love of those at Australia Post, they are the curse of the letter writer and be fittingly they will pass into history when something better comes along. There is nothing nicer than to know you just sent a letter that will make someone smile and be happy, even if you can’t spell or use grammar correctly, that just makes them smile more.

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    • Funny you should say that Fred, I was saying this to my granddaughter, to perhaps start writing to each other and to start a diary, just to leave something of us. I’ve recently re read a letter by my grandfather to his brother in NY when he was 40, was a wonderful snap shot of their lives I just love it.

    • Christina Smith Do it, it will be great experience for the GD and it will leave a legacy. My mother has a family bible that belonged to her great, great, great, great grandfather. He was one of the first baptist ministers sent to the pacific by the london bible society. In it is written messages from him and the other holders of the book. Look at what some of the letters from Gallipoli have done for our history, do it now or you might miss out.

  2. And there are still a hell of a lot of people who don’t use computers that are going to be disadvantaged

  3. I have a cousin who used to write 2 letters a year. Usually about 20 pages with all the news of back home in England. Due to illness she doesn’t contact anyone now, I miss those letters and I miss who she used to be.

  4. Lovely story but what a shame all of these lovely old mum’s and dad’s have no one to care for them, love them and give them the occasional kiss and cuddle. Is it a sign of the times that their own grown up children have given up on them and can’t be bothered?

  5. I just hope this is a bonafide organisation and that they will answer my inquiry.

  6. Had penpals who started off as strangers and still write to about 6 of them. Some died, some lost contact but most I correspond with via social media now. Started off as something to do if I didn’t want to read on the way to and home from work on the train. In its height I had about 25 who I wrote to. When the overseas ones started coming in my husband said “have you written to everyone in Australia and going further afield now?” I think this is a lovely idea and it warms the heart to think there are young people doing this.

  7. Absolutely. I miss a letter in the mail, can’t remember when I got the last one.
    Yes emails and messengers and texts have taken all that away.

  8. What a great idea. Mum, my sister and I used to write poetry and fax it to each before she got dementia. It was great and I am writing one now to post to her. I email the nursing home and they print it for her, but I know she still likes hand writing. Because she is in NZ, I can only go once a year now.

  9. I ve had a friend for 47 years from year 8 and we always write letters to each always look forward to reading her letters she sends me.

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