Encourage youth on their birthday with an uplifting card. These are a huge boost to the youth’s self-esteem when they learn that people in the community know about them and care enough to send a card. Make it a group or family activity and give the birthday child multiple hand made cards! We’ve witnessed kids fighting back tears when volunteers have invited the neighbor kids over and deliver 10+ birthday cards to them!
You will get an email each month with the first names of all the kids having birthdays the following month. Make a card for 1 or all – usually 4 to 7 birthdays each month. Echo would like the cards about a week before the youth’s birthday so they can ‘quarantine’ them.
Each month’s cards can be mailed together or dropped off in one envelop to the gate to:
Echo Glen Children’s Center
Attn: Rene Banks
33010 SE 99th St
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
EMAIL to get on the monthly list.
A few more details about sending cards:
Leave individual card envelops unsealed. Staff is required to check each card.
- Encouraging & inspirational poems, quotes, sayings or scriptures.
- Your first name & any group you are with
Do not include:
- Metal or sharp embellishments like mini clothes pins, brads or anything a youth could use to cut a wrist or hurt themselves with
- Any contact info
- Anything remotely judgmental. (Best to even skip mentioning their incarceration & stick to positive words.) Most youth have very low self-esteem already.