Love Letters

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Thanks to you, we gave

251,262 handmade Valentine’s Day cards

to seniors in need

Meet Adam S., our scholarship winner for Love Letters

Adam S.

Check out some of the awesome cards you made:

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Learn the Issue:

Depression and isolation in older adults affects people of all backgrounds.

The Facts:

  1. A lack of social connections (which can be re-phrased as loneliness or isolation) is as comparable a risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for individuals than other well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.
  2. An estimated 6 percent of people ages 65 and older in a given year, or approximately 2 million individuals in this age group, have a diagnosable depressive illness.
  3. The rate of depression rises when in home healthcare or hospitalization is required. Depression rates rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to 11.5% in older hospital patients.
  4. 1 in 6 seniors don't know where their next meal will come from. That’s why they have Meals on Wheels!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did we do this?

Senior Citizens frequently fight depression due to isolation. After the holidays and families return home, this isolation is maximized. We helped brighten the day of seniors across the country by sending them a Valentines Day card.

Why did we send cards to Meals on Wheels?

Meals on Wheels provides over one million meals to senior citizens each day. Their goals are to help seniors maintain independence as they age and enable them to live in their own homes. Meals on Wheels programs across the country are able to hand deliver your cards to senior citizens nationwide.

What is Mentor Up?

Mentor Up is a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation that brings together the younger generation's energy and talents to pursue reverse mentoring and community service opportunities that help people 50 and older.

In addition, Mentor Up is also working with organizations rooted in service and driven by social missions, including the 4-H Council, DoSomething.org, Generations United, The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, Magic Johnson Foundation and Facebook. For more information about Mentor Up, visit www.mentorup.org.

How is the $4,000 scholarship winner chosen?

The scholarship winner is picked randomly. To enter the lottery, participants made and sent a card. To be entered again, participants made three more cards. There was no limit on the number of entries.

I still have questions!

Email Liz at loveletters@dosomething.org for help.