Each year Unbound sponsors receive at least two letters and a Christmas card from the person they sponsor. But not as many letters go the other way.
There are lots of reasons for not sending a letter. Not knowing what to say (here are some useful tips), international postage can be a hassle (did you know you can send eLetters?), or maybe life is just plain hectic.
To counter that, here are six reasons from Unbound staff and sponsors on why you should be writing letters.
1. “Each day I communicate in an overwhelming number of ways: social networks, texts, emails, phone calls. However, nothing brightens my day like receiving a little piece of news from one of my sponsored friends in a faraway country. I write because I want them to have the same experience.” — Ellen Edgar, project specialist
2. “I write because it allows me to feel closer to this little Filipino girl on the other side of the world. She tells me about her life, and I tell her about mine. And, she asked if she could call me ‘Mommy Clair.’ Who could say no to that?!” — Clair Paul, volunteer coordinator
3. “I write to maintain a strong connection with my sponsored friend’s family. I love to read about how they are all doing and it makes me happy to know that they are OK!” — Leslie Hernandez, communications liaison lead
4. “It’s a wonderful feeling when I receive a letter from my sponsored child. I love the anticipation of what my letter will entail and finding out more from Dylan and his family. I encourage more sponsors to write and build a beautiful relationship with someone you might not otherwise know outside of Unbound.” — Nicole Miller, support specialist
5. “You get from [sponsorship] what you put in to it. The relationship is the bigger piece than the money. … I encourage everyone to write.” — David Scarpello, Unbound sponsor
6. “My sponsored friends enter my mind many times during my daily activities. When I write to them, it’s a tangible way for them to know ‘I was thinking about you today.’” — Claudia Stapley, child move coordinator
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