COVID-19 Letter Writing

Many of our elderly parishioners find themselves home alone amidst this COVID-19 outbreak. What a great opportunity we have to write them letters to brighten their day and let them know someone is thinking about and praying for them!

We also have lots of medical workers who are making many sacrifices to continue serving those in need, especially those infected with COVID-19. Sending letters of encouragament and gratitude is a great way to spread Christ's love.

Sign up below to write a letter to an elderly parishioner, medical worker, or both. THEN read carefully the letter-writing guidelines that follow!

Sign Up to Write Letters

Writing to Senior Parishioners of HNOJ?
Read these Letter-Writing Guidelines

Thank you for agreeing to write a letter to an older parishioner of HNOJ. Of all the ways you could spend your time, you’re choosing to brighten someone’s day with a note--so awesome! After you've received an email from Ashley with your parishioner's name, read these few tips and things to avoid as you prepare your letter:

Tips

  • Consider writing your letter on a nice piece of paper, stationary, or card (if possible avoid notebook paper). 
  • Address the letter to them by name (which will be given to you when you sign up)
  • Here are some ideas on how to start your letter:
    • “I wanted to write you this letter to brighten your day”  
    • “I wanted to write you this note so you know someone is thinking about you!” 
    • “Just wanted to say Hello and tell you I'm thinking of you”
    • “Sending cheerful thoughts to uplift your day”
    • “I hope this letter finds you doing well”
  • Here are some ideas on what you could write about yourself:
    • Tell them about sports you play, an activity you participate in, a trip you went on, your favorite way to spend free time, or your favorite hobby.
    • Consider telling them a specific story from one of these things or what you enjoy about it. Share a story about your faith. For example, did you attend a retreat that impacted your faith? What do you like about SH Crew? Do you have a favorite way to pray? Your favorite Saint
  • Consider committing to praying for your new friend, and tell them that you will do so.
  • Feel free to add a scripture passage or a saint quote. 
  • Sign your FIRST name only.

Send your letter to ASHLEY within 3 days of receiving your name. Ashley will then send your letter to the intended recipient. Address your letter as such:

Ashley Cermak
4541 West 36 1/2 Street
#14
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 

*Please write your return address on the upper left corner of the envelope in case your new friend writes you back. That will help HNOJ know who to send any return letters to. 

Avoid

  • Do not share your last name, personal address, email address, phone number, or any other form of contact. If your “pen pal” wants to write you back, we will have them send it to HNOJ first, and then we will send it to you. We want to ensure every person’s personal information remains private.
  • “Pity” them by saying things like, “It must be rough to be stuck inside”. Keep the letters positive.  Focus on sharing about yourself or well wishes for them. 

Writing to Healthcare Workers at Hennepin County Medical Center?
Read these Letter-Writing Guidelines

Thank you for agreeing to write a letter to the amazing healthcare workers at HCMC. Of all the ways you could spend your time, you’re choosing to brighten someone’s day with a note--so awesome!

Here are a few tips and things to avoid as you prepare your letter:

Tips

  • Consider writing your letter on a nice piece of paper, stationary, or card (if possible avoid notebook paper). 
  • Address the letter to: "Healthcare Workers of HCMC"

Here are some ideas on how to start your letter:

  • “I wanted to write you this letter to brighten your day”  
  • “I wanted to write you this note so you know how grateful we are for your sacrifices!” 
  • “Just wanted to say Hello and tell you I'm thankful for you.”
  • “Sending cheerful thoughts to uplift your day”
  • “I hope this letter finds you doing well"

Here are some things to include in your letter:

  • Briefly introduce yourself: "I'm a teen in my Church's youth group"
  • Expression of thanskgiving: Ex:  "Thank you for all the sacrifices you are making to fight COVID-19."
  • Expression of encouragement: Ex: "We are praying for your strength" "Your work is not unseen!"
  • Consider committing to praying for the person who receives your card, and tell them that you will do so.
  • Feel free to add a scripture passage or encouraging quote.
  • Sign your FIRST name only.

Send your letter to ASHLEY within 3 days of signing up. Ashley will then send all letters to HCMC. Address your letter as such:

Ashley Cermak
4541 West 36 1/2 Street
#14
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Avoid

  • Do not share your last name, personal address, email address, phone number, or any other form of contact. If your “pen pal” wants to write you back, we will have them send it to HNOJ first, and then we will send it to you. We want to ensure every person’s personal information remains private.