Hamilton Public Library launches postcard writing campaign for residents of local care homes

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Published December 8, 2021 at 12:55 pm

The Hamilton Public Library's 'Postcards for Special People' encourages residents to send out handwritten postcards to residents of some of Hamilton's long term care homes. — Hamilton Public Library handout

The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) has launched a campaign that will no doubt bring a smile to many faces in the community.

HPL is providing free picturesque postcards on which members of the public can send handwritten messages to residents of local long-term care homes.

Postcards, one of which features a snowy Hamilton scene from the 1898 blizzard that HPL pulled from the Local History and Archives, can be found at any of the 23 branches throughout the city. The other option is blank on the front to allow for residents to let loose their creativity.

Residents are also encouraged to make their own postcard and send it to one (or all) of the seven care homes participating in the program, which are listed on HPL’s website.

The participating care homes, so far, are Alexander Place in Waterdown, Meadows Nursing Home in Ancaster, Wentworth Lodge in Dundas, Dundurn Place Care Centre, Hamilton Continuing Care, Arbour Creek Care and Macassa Lodge.

Other interested care homes can include their mailing address on the list too by emailing Koren Nichol at [email protected].

Letter writers can mail the cards themselves or return their completed postcards to the library where staff will ensure it is mailed out.

For those wanting to participate but need a little inspiration, HPL has an online resource outlining some ideas for letter writing and kindness cards.

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