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Ready to Write_On?

As we’re sure you all know, April is National Letter and Card Writing Month. In 2001, it was officially designated by the U.S. Postal Service as National Card and Letter Writing Month “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.”

Egg Press in Portland started the Write_On campaign in 2014 to challenge their family and friends to write 30 letters/cards in 30 days. Check out the website for a list of great resources from trackers, envelope liners, reasons to write and tools. Follow @EggPress and the #Write_On tag on Instagram so you don’t miss out on inspiration, letter-writing prompts, and some fun giveaways* of Sakura pens! They also have an active Write_On Facebook group full of friendly folks (including several Letter Moians!) to link up with new pen pals, share your favourite stamps, and cheer each other on throughout the month’s challenge!

Did you finish writing to all of your LetterMo penpals and are looking for someone else to write? Perhaps check out our #MailMission page, and write a letter or card to someone who would appreciate a smile in the mail. Write_On also has a list of people in need of some kind words.

Please share and tag your mail-errific efforts this April on your posts on Instagram or in the daily mail call in the LetterMo Facebook group so we can cheer you on:
#write_on #lettermo #happymail #snailmail #nationalcardletterwritingmonth

Snail Mail Small Business Savings & Shout Outs

During this unprecedented time of business closures around the world due to the pandemic, we wanted to give a shout out to those small businesses who love and create beautiful cards and stationery for us snail mail lovers. While we do our best to revive the art of letter writing, we’re lucky that we can find beautiful things to send in the mail.

These are a collection of offers that have been spotted on social media, and range from free shipping to percentage off. Some of them are favourites recommended by Letter Moians. Support them if you can – whether it’s to re-stock your stationery stash for National Card and Letter Writing Month in April or beyond, or to share this post with your friends and family who also love stationery. Don’t need anything for yourself? Some shops offer giftcards too! Let’s try to help keep these awesome and creative stationery – and sometimes sassy and salty! – suppliers around. ♥

If you know of any others, from anywhere in the world, please comment below with a link to their online shop.

* Please note: I haven’t had time to check out the details of all the offers. I have included expiry dates if I could easily find them; free shipping may only refer to local areas only, and dollar limits in local currency.
~ Irene

Constellation & Co
Home of the Snail Mail Superstar.
Free shipping on all orders until April 30, 2020

Paper Pastries
20% off until March 31, 2020 with the code: STAYSAFE20
Free shipping for orders over $50

Regional Assembly of Text
Until March 31, 2020, save 40% off everything in their Stationery category with special code Stationery=Paper
Sign up for their quarterly newsletter to so you can find out any new products and other future offers.

Steel Petal Press
Lots of sassy and salty cards 😀 and Corona Care packages .
Free shipping until April 7 with code: VIRTUALHUGS

TAY HAM
20% off all orders for the next month. with code: GOODVIBES

Some other of our letter writers’ small biz faves*:

2impressshop
Custom return address rubber stamps.
Free shipping.

One-Per-Week
Curated monthly subscription service among other lovely stationery including vintage stamps.

Carpe Diem Papers
Free shipping within US for greeting card orders.

Egg Press
Originator of the Write_On Campaign!

Graphic Anthology
Cards ship free.
Subscribe to their newsletter and get 15% off your first order in addition to birthday discounts.

I Loot Paperie
Very punny and cute cards and washi tapes.

Paper Wilderness
Whimsical watercolour paper goods and fantastic animal puns.

Postmark’d Studio
Premium monthly stationery subscription and other snail mail goodies.

Pretty by Post
Curated Greeting Cards For The Snail Mail Lover. Free shipping on first order and monthly contests in the Facebook group.

Rhubarb Paper Co.
“Not Yo’ Grandma’s Greeting Cards”

Wit & Whistle
“Pretty funny paper goods” – cards and rubber stamps.

(*not all verified*)

Keep Mailing, Snail Mailers!

I don’t think anyone could have imagined that the world would be facing a global pandemic this year. During this time of heightened anxiety and feelings of isolation, we wanted to share that it’s safe to continue to send mail.

In an interview, Dr. Michael Merson, a dean’s special adviser at the New York University School of Global Public Health, told CBS News:

“I have not seen any evidence to support transmission of the new coronavirus through mail and experts universally feel that the risk of spread from mail or packaging that is shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures is remote.”

“No, you won’t contract corona virus from a package you receive in the mail” By Sophie Lewis – March 5, 2020 / 5:11 PM  / CBS NEWS

While some international borders have closed, it is mainly the restriction of people crossing, not goods nor mail. With the exception of mailing/receiving from some points in Asia, most postal systems state that it’s mostly business as usual with the exception of some personal handling (e.g. delivery signatures) and guaranteed delivery times in the USA, Canada, UK, and Germany (top locations of Letter Moians). Check with your national postal service and let us know in the comments.

In fact, during this time of “social distancing,” perhaps there has never been a better time to return to the art of writing letters and help people from feeling isolated.

Keep on writing, Letter Moians!

Mail Mission Accomplished!

It was wonderful to read that many of you participated in Mail Missions during LetterMo.

In chatting in one of my Facebook Groups, a member of the Braid Mission mentioned that they had received several “Cards of Hope” from LetterMo members and hearing that news really warmed the cockles of my heart. YAY for you kind-hearted people!

Another Mail Mission that many of your undertook was to send World War II veteran Fred Arsenault a birthday card for his 100th birthday. Cards were sent from Canada, USA and from around the world.

Fred Arsenault with his original request. Fred with his daughter-in-law at his birthday party on March 5, 2020, announcing how many cards he received.

We are happy to report that Fred Arsenault achieved his request to receive 100 cards for his 100th birthday. He just received an extra 90,000 of them! Click this link to see scenes from his birthday party.

Thanks to all of you kind snailmailers! <3
🎉🎂💌📮 

MARCH ON to APRIL!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Month of Letters. And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the people who volunteered and stepped in and stepped up to ensure this year’s LetterMo happened. 

As we March On to April, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few things:

  • Honour the pledge and write back to everyone who wrote you – even if it takes you into March and beyond.
  • Remember that for some people, they have indicated that they write only in February, so you may not get a second letter until next February. 
  • Head to your profile and ensure that your letter writing status is correct and edit if need be
  • Remember that if you requested a friend to write to, etiquette says that you should write first.
  • Ensure you record your friends’ address somewhere other than here in the case that the site goes down whether for maintenance or gremlins
  • If you want to stay in touch, find your way to the FB community if you aren’t there already. Remember, you will need your LetterMo.com username, i.e., your “@name” that you use to log in here, to request access.
  • Remember to check out the special offer for LetterMo members aka Snail Mail Superstars from Constellation & Co. good until March 31st, 2020.

We’ll share some more resources as April draws near.  Until then,

Happy Writing LetterMo friends!
Long Live Snail Mail!

You’re invited!

To the LetterMo 2020 Virtual Write-In!

LetterMo is hosting a virtual letter writing social. While we won’t have a space for an online meet-up, we encourage LetterMoians to coordinate with letter writers local to them, invite friends and family to join in a real location, coordinate an online hangout with your favourite pen-pal, or simply take your letter writing to a public place.

You can check in on the Members Only LetterMo 2020 Virtual Write-in Thread on the 29th here on the website and/or the LetterMo 2020 Facebook Group.

With our global audience:
10:00 am to 1:00 pm PST / 1:00-4:00 EST / 18:00-21:00 GMT
(Click here if you need help converting to your local time.)
If the time doesn’t work for you, adjust as needed and share away. The most important thing is to have fun!

Share your Write-In location or snap pictures of your progress for the last Saturday of our February challenge.

“See you” on the 29th!

What’s a Mail Mission?

It is letters or cards being send for a specific purpose, for example, to cheer someone, remembering our troops, a holiday or milestone birthday.

If you’re new to the world of snail mail, you may wonder, do people actually send letters or cards to complete strangers?

The answer is a resounding YES!

Sometimes you can raise the spirits of s sick or terminally ill child. But sometimes you just don’t make the grade and the child would prefer to hear from your dog instead.

No matter, it is wonderful to see warm wishes sent with kindness and love, all to brighten someone’s day for the cost of a stamp and card (home made even!) or a letter.

Speaking of love, since it’s Valentine’s Day, we are happy to advise that US Marine Veteran Bill White has received over 100,000 Valentines in response to his request earlier this year. (Click here for a short video to see all the cards.)

“Retired Marine Corps Maj. Bill White sits in his formal uniform among some of the Valentine’s Day gifts that he has received in the mail. (Mary Huston/Courtesy Photo)”

A WWII veteran living in Texas requested 100 cards for this 100th birthday and he received 100,000 of them! There is another veteran in Toronto with the same request for his 100th birthday on March 6th – there is still time to send Fred a birthday greeting!

We’ve created a separate Mail Mission thread on our public forum. People who may be looking to send additional mail and positive messages out into the world, can find the information in one thread. Most of these are on-going mail missions covering the troops, to kids in care or at the hospital, people fighting cancer but we’ll post some with deadlines if it makes sense to do so. We’ll try to add more as time allows.

Until then, thanks to the LetterMoians who have already sent their wishes on mail missions to lift someone’s spirits. ♥

Need an occasion to write?

Just a few days to LetterMo 2020! If you haven’t registered yet, do it as soon as possible so you can get started on February 1 and find some new pen pals if needed. Are you trying to fill your planning calendar with people and reasons to write?

If you feel like you need an occasion to write someone, here are some fun days of the month for you to get in touch. Perhaps it’s one of your favourite foods – you can tell your pen pal why Nutella, pistachios or strawberry is your absolute favourite thing. There are a lot of fun greeting cards, stickers and washi tape that you can show your love. Perhaps you can share your favourite clam chowder or chili recipe. With the list below, you can likely find something interesting that you can put pen to paper to write about.

Happy writing!

** Correction – Open That Bottle Night is actually on February 29 this year instead of the 24.**

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After March On… it’s time to Write_On for April Showers of Mail!

Since 2001, April has been known as National Card and Letter Writing Month when it was officially designated by the U.S. Postal Service “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.” Well, it’s no surprise that it’s another favourite month of LetterMoians too!

Egg Press in Portland, Oregon, started the WriteOn Campaign in 2014 with the hopes of creating a letter writing habit by completing the joyful task and challenge to write 30 letters in 30 days during April. Their mission is to “promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence.” They have a great list of resources including templates and printables. Need to stock up to get through the month? They have a limited supply of special #Write_On merchandise available and have a special offer on qualifying online purchases through March 31st with special code.

Do you enjoy meeting other card and letter writing fans? Check out their calendar for events or the Directory of Letter Writing Societies to see if there is a group in near you to see if they are having a meet up. Most of them also accept mail too so you could add them to your list! The directory was created earlier in 2019 by Megan Hillman, the founder and letter-writer-in-chief of the Colorado Correspondence Coalition. Please contact her if you have started your own letter writing club and want to be added to the list.

Still looking for someone in addition to your LetterMo friends to write to in order to meet your goal of 30 mail items? Consider #MissionMail – from the LetterMo STAMP (bingo) game P2: Participate in a Mail Mission – Members have already posted several ways to put positivity into the world via mail” by sending words of encouragement and support, and to bring a bright spot to someone’s day.  They include: US Military members or being a Soldiers’ Angel, Canadian Forces  members, Mail More Love to folks who have been nominated,  Prisoners, EldersFoster Youth, Hospitalized Kids, Peace Corps members,Long distance truck drivers, and showing support and solidarity after tragedy in Christchurch , New Zealand. You can also check the LetterMo Facebook Groupas members post other mail writing campaigns they come across.

Do you want to track your letter writing? Check out this collaboration stamp by Rhea of @MailMoreLove and Paper Pastries to show what number piece of mail you’re on #/30, as well as all the other adorable mail related rubber stamps. Speaking of stamps, these are my current personal favourite snail mail stamps from Wit & Whistle.

Does the idea of 30 Items still seem daunting? Consider Pretty by Post’s #SendCardsSpreadLove Challenge which runs April 15-19. Danielle, PbP’s Chief card curator & paper lovah, asks if you have 5 days (yes, just 5!) to dedicate to your loved ones to create deeper connections by sending cards and spreading love that will become keepsakes that will last a lifetime. When you sign up, you will receive an email with the #SendCardsSpreadLove Challenge outline as well as a special code for limited time offer for free shipping if you’re interested in ordering curated greeting cards and stationery. You will also receive tips, resources and you can enter to win daily prizes when you post your entry in the private Facebook Group or Instagram. Sign up today and get all the details about this fun challenge. The official hashtag is #sendcardsspreadlove.

Speaking of fun, be sure to check out Sara, Snail Mail Superstar and LetterMo supporter from Constellation & Co. for a month of deals, new releases during National Card & Letter Writing Month, as well as resources about reasons to write and overcoming hurdles to writing.

Remember to share and tag your mail-errific efforts this April on your posts on Instagram or in the daily mail call in the LetterMo Facebook group so we can cheer you on:
#write_on #lettermo #happymail #snailmail #nationalcardletterwritingmonth #sendcardsspreadlove

Let us know below if you know of any other organizations celebrating National Card & Letter Writing Month by hosting special events or offering special deals to letter writers.

Happy Writing LetterMo friends!

Irene @ilau

LETTER MO 2019

THANK YOU to all our LetterMo Friends around the world!

Hope you made some great new pen pals and are ready to keep MARCHING ON to honour the pledge to write everyone who wrote you – trust us, every friend you added will look forward to receiving your letter even if it is March and beyond.

Very special shout out to Admin Team who all volunteer their time! Three cheers for @mizlit,  @spatulate@reg-o-rama , @sorrow11 and especially @Cooksterz for all the behind the scenes wizardry.

While the month is over, please keep in touch with the community throughout the year and keep writing!

  • Irene, intern Admin 😉