Ok ya'll, this has been very heavy on my heart for several weeks now. It's the pen pal situation on this site. I think the majority of us currently have a steady person we write who's incarcerated and, speaking for myself, this takes up a large portion of my free time during the week. I enjoy the letters from my friend very much and he's so special. But I can't help but notice the threads coming through here pleading for someone to write an inmate who gets absolutely no mail whatsoever. I can't shake the feeling that all of us can make such a difference in someone's life - even if only for a day. So, here's my proposal and let me know if any of you would consider this or if it's just a bad idea.
I was thinking of keeping a log of pen pal pleas that come through this site - the ones that are not getting a response or very minimal. Then, pick a random inmate, maybe every other Monday, post his information and we can slam dunk this inmate with a small bombardment of either a card or short letter of encouragement, or maybe some funny printouts. This would not be an obligation to start a pen pal relationship however you could. I wrote an inmate off this site last week and told him I could not be his pen pal but could brighten his day. I received a letter from him today saying he totally understood I already wrote another inmate and he was fine with it but he was so happy I took the time. I'm convinced we can make a difference and brighten someone's day as I know, in my heart, if my friend never got any mail I would feel so blessed if someone out in this big, wonderful world of ours took a moment out of their day to make it a brighter one.
Ok, was this a totally bozohead idea or should we give it a try?