The "Mail Cheer Program" is a new way to bring cheer to community members. The program is aimed at sending positive messages through the mail to combat the loneliness and isolation many people are experiencing due to the current pandemic.
"While volunteering with Meals on Wheels, I learned how prevalent social isolation is for so many in our community right now," says program coordinator Jessica Hegdahl.
Letters can be sent to Mail Cheer Program, PO Box 169, Decorah IA 52101. A volunteer will forward them to people who have requested mail. Anyone wishing to receive mail for themselves or a family member can e-mail Jessica at email@example.com or fill out the form here. Guidelines for sending mail can be found on the website.
A tote box full of artistic materials, cardstock, and envelopes is located in the Little Free Craft Closet at ArtHaus. Pick up what you need, and feel free to donate extra supplies you have at home.
Volunteers with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, in partnership with the Winneshiek Energy District, and the Decorah & Winneshiek Co. Mutual Aid Network have collaborated to create the program. Additional funding support comes from the Winneshiek County Development and Tourism office.