Q: My hobby is making greeting cards ... Christmas, birthday, promotion - you name it. I would love to send my cards to seniors who might enjoy receiving them. Where do I turn to find out how best to do this?
A: I do know of one possibility, in addition to, perhaps, working through local long-term care facilities. The program is called "Write a Senior Citizen" and was developed by John and Kelly Thomas, a brother and sister from California.
John, 18, and Kelly, 21, started their Web site in 1999 as a community outreach program with only five members. Today, it is reported to be the largest senior citizen pen pal site of its kind on the Internet, with more than 3,000 members.
After several years of volunteer piano playing at local retirement homes, and after observing how invigorated the residents seemed by their visits, John and Kelly came up with the "Write a Senior Citizen" idea. Realizing the great numbers of seniors who were in similar situations as their retirement home friends, the Thomases turned to the Internet.