Imagine that you are a 15 years old girl, stuck a thousand miles from home, waiting at the Ronald McDonald House for a heart transplant. You’ve been there for barely two months, and baring a miracle you’ll be there for another 18 months. You’re trying to make the best of it, but for some reason the one thing that dulls the pain of being so far from home is real old fashioned mail delivered by an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. You’ve asked everyone you know (as well as a bunch of people you don’t) to write you, and your mom has sent out countless e-mails begging anyone who’ll listen to write to you. But in over a month you’ve only gotten a handful of letters, and you feel completely cut off, like no one cares.
That’s exactly what Hannah feels like right now, and her mom is so desperate that she gave a friend the okay to ask me to start an online campaign to get letters for Hannah. If you are interested in making a dejected teen’s day please e-mail a letter for Hannah to email@example.com. We’ll be sending out a care package of letters once a week and would love it if your letter was in there.
If you’d like to write to Hannah, but aren’t sure what to put in the letter (which makes sense due to the fact you’ve never actually met Hannah) here are some suggestions. You could write about…
- Yourself. I’m sure you’re all very interesting people, so it’ll take at least one letter just to introduce yourself.
- Where you’re from. Hannah’s stuck in one place for the next two years, so anything that isn’t California is appealing to her.
- Books. At last count Hannah was an avid reader, and besides who doesn’t like a good book.
- Your day. Even if nothing out of the ordinary happened and to you it was a completely boring day to someone else it may seem totally edge of their seat exciting.
- Random funny stuff. I mean come on, who doesn’t like random funny stuff, especially when they’re homesick?
Also, if you’re interested in helping to spread the word please post about Letters for Hannah on your blog.