Senior Connection card campaign

Marsha Carrico signs cards to send to seniors at Springhurst Pines in Louisville. 

There’s nothing quite like the joy of receiving a card in the mail. 

To help spread some love to seniors across Kentuckiana, Southeast Christian Church is inviting people to send notes and cards of encouragement to more than 100 senior care facilities in Jefferson and surrounding counties through Senior Connection.

“Everyone likes to get mail,” said Marsha Carrico, a Southeast member who signed up to write cards for seniors at Springhurst Pines in Louisville. “It’s a great way to let someone know you love and care for them. And it’s a way to show them the love of Christ.”

One of the most isolated groups of people during the coronavirus pandemic is senior adults who live in assisted living and other senior care facilities. Many are unable to leave their rooms and apartments. Family and friends are unable to visit. Holidays have come and gone without much celebration. These facilities have also been among the most hard-hit by the coronavirus.

While it’s an act of love and protection to limit outside contact for seniors, many are grieving the loss of personal connection.

LifeBridge Director Lisa Reynolds, who organized Senior Connection, said that in a time of increased isolation, a card is more than words on paper—it’s a sign that someone is thinking of these seniors and cares for them.

When Carrico began writing cards, she started with 10. It took about an hour to finish those, and she simply mailed them directly to the senior care facility.

Carrico reached out to Reynolds for more cards.

“It’s not a huge thing; anyone can spare an hour or two and write a few cards, but it’s something that anyone who’s feeling lonely would cherish,” Carrico said.

People can sign up to send as many cards as they feel led to. Small groups, Bible studies and families can make this a group activity. Parents and children can make homemade cards together to send.

Card-writers can include encouraging Bible verses, and cards can be as simple as saying “I’m praying for you.” Those who volunteer will be connected to a care center in their neighborhood.

To sign up to write cards for seniors in your area, visit www.southeastchristian.org/respond and click on the Senior Connection tab.