LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- In a day and age where text messages and emails have become the way we communicate, writing letters often seems like a communication of the past.
However, one young Lafayette woman is connecting people across the globe with handwritten letters that promote kindness and hope for the future.
"I literally run out to the mailbox," said Joy Ward who along with her daughter is taking part in the Cards of Happi initiative. "I got one last week and it was so cute. So, literally at 4 O'clock, I grab the mail and hope for a card."
Madeleine Wildermuth created Cards Of Happi. The Instagram account connects people by matching them with anonymous addresses of people interested in receiving a handwritten letter that promotes kindness.
"I wanted to connect people that maybe didn't know each other," said Madeleine. " I wanted to show all the good that is out in the world and show how many people are seeing a brighter future for all of us."
Cards of Happi have been sent to several states as well as other countries. The activity is something that participants say is a way to connect differently in a time where we all feel far apart.
"Everybody is different," said Jessie Ward. "We all believe different things, but at the end of the day simple words of hope and kindness or just introductory statements to bridge you to someone else, they are powerful. They hold a value that is unspeakable."Jessie Ward
Though participants don't physically speak to those they are connecting with, their words are proving that snail mail can leave a lasting impression.
"There are still people all around you even though you can't see them or physically talk to them," added Madeleine. "They have something positive to say and are looking out for you in the way that they can."
Madeleine provides writing prompts for people who may not know what to write. If you are interested in getting involved you do so by visiting the Cards Of Happi Instagram page.