Ever sit down to write a letter and then notice an hour later you only have one word? Do you ever think, “I’ll send a letter next month,”†and then next month turns into next year?
CFCA is here to help bust these tough myths about letter-writing, and help you cross “write a letter to my sponsored friend” off your to-do list.
Myth 1: It’s too hard.
It can be difficult to start a letter. Trust me, I’ve been there. Sometimes there is too much to say, and sometimes too little.
Some sponsors don’t know where to start when it comes to writing a letter to their sponsored friend.
When you hit writer’s block, the best trick is to start brainstorming ideas. I learned this trick when I was in school. Start with a circle in the middle of the page.
Write your name in the circle and then draw several lines that branch out from the circle (like a sun). Then, draw circles on the other end of the branches and write down interesting details about yourself inside the circles.
This type of brainstorming can lead to questions you can ask your sponsored friend. Eventually, you will have enough ideas to write a letter to your friend.
Myth 2: I don’t have enough time.
I catch myself using this myth many times and for more than just letters!
Everyone is busy and it can be hard to find time to sit down and write a letter when there are so many other things we need to do.
But who says you have to write a novel to your sponsored friend? Sometimes, sponsored friends just need to know that their sponsor is thinking of them.
You can even purchase a greeting card, write a brief note and sign your name. It takes hardly any time at all.
Myth 3: I don’t have anything to say.
If you don’t have anything to say or tell your friend, try asking them questions.
Start your letter by telling your friend about a hobby of yours or the weather where you live, and then ask them questions about their life.
Myth 4: It’s too late to start now.
It doesn’t matter if you have sponsored for 12 years and have never written ó friends always want to hear from their sponsor.
Just think of the excitement that your friend will experience when they read your letter for the first time.
If you are worried about starting late, try busting myth number two!
Get a greeting card and send it to your friend. You can work your way up to writing a letter in no time.
Myth 5: I can never make it to the post office.
That’s OK! You donít have to make it to the post office.
With CFCA’s eLetter feature, you can send up to six letters a year to your sponsored friend with no stamps!
Once you submit your eLetter, it is sent electronically to the project for translation.
To write an eLetter, log in to your online sponsorship account and select, “Write an eLetter” on the right hand sidebar. You can even select different templates to use! If you donít have an online account, visit our website and create one today. Itís easy.