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Fill PA With Love, One Postcard at a Time

  • Heather Woolridge
Each heart on the  “Fill PA With Love” map identifies a zip code where participants will send a postcard to someone “who could use a smile.”

Each heart on the “Fill PA With Love” map identifies a zip code where participants will send a postcard to someone “who could use a smile.”

As social distancing and cold weather require Pennsylvanians to see less of their loved ones, Transforming Health’s “Here With You” campaign continues to boost mental wellness, foster community involvement and provide resources to promote meaningful acts of kindness.

WITF, Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health partner together for the Transforming Health “Fill PA With Love” cards of caring initiative, distributing free postcards to send to Pennsylvanians who may feel lonely.

Together, WITF, Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health are offering free postcards as part of the “Fill PA With Love” cards of caring initiative. Anyone can request a postcard collection to write messages of encouragement to send to people that may feel alone this season.

“Our community needs our love now more than ever,” said Cara Williams Fry, WITF senior vice president of content. “We’re asking our neighbors to help fight the winter blues and pandemic isolation by sending someone inspiring words of comfort and support. Together, we can fill Pennsylvania with love.”

Transforming Health seeks to support residents that may have even less interaction with the outside world than normal. It’s partnering with over 15 organizations, including local skilled-nursing facilities, shelters and Meals on Wheels groups, to distribute postcards to people that could use “a little sunshine.” Through the end of February over 10,000 postcards will go to partner organizations in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Fill PA With Love map

Each heart on the “Fill PA With Love” map identifies a zip code where participants will send a postcard to someone “who could use a smile.”

Throughout the campaign, a map on the Transforming Health website tracks where the cards are sent. So far cards have been sent across the state and even as far away as Seattle, Alaska, Australia and Japan.

“These postcards can provide a much-needed sense of connectedness and a spirit of positivity, which is always important, but especially during times like these,” said Capital BlueCross Behavioral Health Director Karie Batzler.

“Fill PA With Love” cards of caring can be requested through the end of February. The request form and details for the Transforming Health “Here With You” campaign can be found at transforminghealth.org.

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