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Caring Cards for Isolated Older Adults


Less than 30 Minutes


In the comfort of your own home.


Throughout the year


Adult help may be necessary to either mail or deliver the cards to JF&CS.


In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written message will be particularly meaningful. 


Write personalized “Thinking of You” cards that we can send to our isolated, older adult clients. In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written message will be particularly meaningful. 


Card stock and unsealed envelopes (please remember to leave the cards out of their envelopes).



Gather your cards or card-making supplies, and create heart-felt caring cards for isolated older adults. See VIEW INSTRUCTIONS for details. 


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
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1. Create your own handmade card or use a store-bought card.

2. Please provide envelopes if possible, but please leave the cards out of their envelopes. We need to read each card before sending them out, and this makes the process much quicker. 

3. Write a warm or cheerful message on the inside of the card.

4. Sign your first name (if the card-maker is a child, they can write their age in parenthesis). If you are writing on behalf of a school or organization, you can write that too. 

5. Under your name, please write, “Made for you by a PGK volunteer for JF&CS.” 

6. Please don’t refer to a season/date/holiday. If you don’t refer to the flowers coming up in spring, for instance, it gives us the flexibility to send your card at any time. We will be doing this project for a while.

7. If you are able, please do not write in cursive. Many of our cards are going to people that read English as a second language and are not able to read cursive.

8. Here are some suggestions for your message: 

    • Wishing you moments of happiness and delight. I hope your day is peaceful and bright.
    • I hope you know that you are being thought about by so many people in our community.
    • Someone remembers, someone cares. Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers.
    • I just wanted to send some happy thoughts your way.
    • Wishing you warm thoughts as we stay safe and healthy in our homes.
    • Sending caring thoughts and warm wishes your way.
    • Thinking of you and saying hi from a safe distance. I hope you are hanging in there!
    • We are thinking of you and sending big smiles to help you through these crazy times.
    • A bunch of smiles and a little note to tell you that I am thinking of you.
    • I hope you are surrounded by peace and good health.
    • I wanted you to know that you are in my heart, hoping that your day is serene and full of peaceful moments.
    • Wishing you smiles and lots of sweet thoughts.
    • I’m thinking of you during this time in our homes and hoping this situation is over really soon so we can go outside and enjoy the sunshine!
    • As you are waiting in your home, may you feel warmth and compassion from all who care about you.
    • Best wishes that you will soon be back to doing all of the things you love.
    • Waiting to leave your home is hard work, but remember that you’re not alone. Not a day goes by that you aren’t thought of and wished well.
    • Sending you the brightest wishes to say, I hope you are doing well.
    • I hope this card brings a little sunshine to your day. You’re being thought of by your friends who think the world of you.
    • Things are hard in the world right now, but you’re making it. I keep you in my heart and thoughts.                                            

Or feel free to write your own cheerful or warm message!

NOTE: If you are proficient in Russian, we would love to receive cards written in Russian, as we have many Russian-speaking clients.

8. Deliver your cards to JF&CS. We have several options for delivering the cards. Whichever method you choose, please provide your email address so we can easily communicate with you. 

  •  Mail the cards in a larger envelope or box to: 
    Ava Harder
    Manager, Volunteer Services
    1430 Main Street
    Waltham, MA 02451
  • Drop off your cards at JF&CS Headquarters (1430 Main Street, Waltham). Drop-offs can occur Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ava Harder's name must be on the package. You will leave cards in a box in the front hall and will not have contact with other people. 
  •  If you have created a large number of cards and are not able to send them to JF&CS Headquarters, please email Sign up for this activity, add it to your logbook, and more in the Give Back app!