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Celebrate National Write a Friend Month

Celebrate National Write a Friend Month

Happy December! This month marks a time filled with cold weather, warm fires and of course, gifts galore. As some might say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” complete with family and friends coming together and celebrating the holiday season. 

Not only is December a cold season with warm greetings, but it’s also known as National Write a Friend Month. National Write a Friend Month is an entire month specifically designated for us take time to write a note for a friend. In a month filled with gifts for others, this is a great time to actually share your words with loved ones—tell them what they mean to you and why. If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.

Buy new stationery.
First and foremost, prepare to celebrate National Write a Friend Month by buying new stationery. Stock up on your favorite cards, envelopes and pens to send creative notes and letters to your loved ones. If you really feel imaginative, you can even choose stickers, or include a personalized return address label for the envelopes. Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the most satisfying, and buying new stationery is one of them.

Send a holiday card.
Once you have your new stationery ready to go, use this season as an opportunity to send a holiday card. Make your list of close friends and family to send the cards to and brighten the cold winter month. Include a picture of you or your loved ones, a little life update and a return address for them to send their own holiday cards. If you can, make things even more personal with a handwritten note for recipients to feel extra special.

Write to a loved one.
This Write a Friend Month, make the holidays even more remarkable for your loved ones by sitting down to write a handwritten letter to them. With technology nowadays, handwritten letters sent via snail mail are few and far between, but they have incredible power to brighten someone’s day. Everyone appreciates a personalized note that surprises them in the mail. Send a little extra holiday cheer this season by writing to a loved one.

Share with a stranger.
After writing to your loved ones, consider sharing with a stranger this holiday season. During the cold months, many people in need can feel lonely and left out of the winter cheer. Give them encouragement during a challenging time by writing a letter or note to a stranger. For instance, write a letter to a military member and thank them for their service through programs like Operation Gratitude. Not only can you get involved, but you can also send the gift of joy.

Find a pen pal.
Finally, consider finding a program for pen pals to join in. Whether for children or adults, pen pal programs are a great way for complete strangers to get to know each other and build a friendship across boundaries. Check for available pen pal programs in your community, or search online for national and international options. Not only can you have a cheerful holiday season writing, but you can continue the friendship for months to come.

The month of December is known for many things, including National Write a Friend Month. This season, celebrate the holidays with a day in the snow, sit by a fire and drink hot chocolate. And of course, don’t forget to take the time to write to friends, family and complete strangers. Spread the gift of cheer through writing as we finish out the year with the season of joy.

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January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

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