14-year old Jacob Cramer wants to cheer up lonely elderly people and he’s chosen an old-fashioned way of doing it. He is writing letters.
Since July 2013, Jacob has recruited friends, and even organizations, to help compose personal letters for delivery to senior centers. So far, strangers have reached out in friendship from all over the world; some close to the Cleveland suburbs where the effort began and some as far away as Europe and Asia. Spain, Scotland, England, India... you name it! Cramer has received letters from all over the world! The feedback he has received from the senior centers and assisted living facilities is even more astounding.
"I absolutely LOVE what you are doing to bring joy to the elderly! Thank you... for doing such a wonderful thing." ~Ruth Lavery, (Founder of Engaging Seniors)
The enthusiastic response for his nonprofit group, Love For The Elderly, inspired him to launch a website and social media campaign to spur more letter writing. His Twitter account already has over 1,000 followers, and he has been written about in several blogs and newspapers, including Kara's Comments, Kindness Blog, Caged No More, CaregiversforHome Blog, and now on Good News Network!
”So many elderly citizens in our nation have no one to care for them, no one to look after them, no one to love them,” says Jacob. “I am here to change that.”
To help out, you can send a letter or card to the postal address below. They also have an online submission form. (Use this when writing from another country). If mailing your own personal card or letter, please make your handwriting legible so the seniors can read it. Typing is a good option too.
Love For The Elderly
42 Pepper Creek Dr.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
(LEARN more at lovefortheelderly.org)