Love & Lumos Card Drive
Join our Valentine card drive to send some love to seniors isolated during COVID. The more you send, the more house points and raffle entries you earn!
Isolation during the pandemic is not about simply being lonely, it's about feeling disconnected.
The feeling of truly being disconnected can lead to all the Big Bads of mental health including: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse and more.
The psychological risks for seniors during COVID include all of the above. Plus a 50% increased risk for dementia, according to the CDC.
What can you do to help?
Now is the perfect time to connect with seniors in our own community and let them know we're here, and we care.
Now through February 14th we're holding a card drive to connect Weekenders with as many seniors as possible. Sending a simple Valentine card can remind seniors that they're valued and brighten their day. Who knows, you might even make a new friend!
How to sign up for the Love & Lumos card drive
All you have to do is fill out this simple form to get started. Then we'll email you the address of seniors living in retirement and/or assisted living homes we've partnered with for the Love & Lumos card drive. All of the homes are located in the Los Angeles area.
You can sign up to receive names of up to 5 seniors at a time. Once you've sent your cards for those 5 seniors, you can sign up for more.
If you'd like to connect with seniors in your state or country, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you directions for how to participate that way.
Love & Lumos participation rewards
Every card you send will earn you 20 house points and an entry into a drawing to win the fabulous prize pictured in this post. The items in the prize box will include:
Handmade lavender pygmy puff
Pastel & rose gold quill pen (ballpoint) with stand
Notes & Lumos note pad
Luna Lovegood sticker sheets from ESIStudioDesign on Etsy.
Love & Lumos wizard stationary box (made by yours truly): 5 thank you cards, 5 hello cards, 10 owl post-stamped kraft envelopes, 2 sheets of 2" seals (12 total) and a 6" x 9" kraft box decorated with an authentic wax seal, owl post stamp and tied with twine.
Card drive FAQs
How will points/entries be recorded?
When you're ready to send your cards, you'll take a photo of each envelope showing the stamp and the person to whom it's addressed. You can submit up to 5 images on our card drive submission form.
Once you've submitted your photos on the submission form, your points and drawing entries will be automatically recorded.
Will I know who I'm writing to?
Not necessarily. To protect the privacy of residents some homes will only share first names, and some may not share names at all, but simply pass out cards randomly.
If we happen to have more information about the seniors we will definitely pass it along
What do I write to someone I don't know?
Don't think too hard about it, just write a short note introducing yourself and wishing them a happy Valentine's Day. If you're interested in corresponding, let them know. Here's a good example you can modify and make your own:
My name is JoJo, I'm 37 years old and I live in Ontario, CA (just outside of L.A.) I'm not married (but in a committed relationship for 13 years). We don't have kids, but I have a nephew that I practically raised and I love him more than anything. :)
No pressure, if you don't want to write back, but if you do, I would love to know a little about you!
Happy Valentine's Day!
What kind of cards should I send?
Simple Valentine-themed cards will do. Remember that these are strangers who might not be as obsessed with Harry Potter as we are. Your cards can be store-bought or handmade. Whatever inspires you!
Are you ready to send some love and lumos out into the world?
Sign up now and get your cards ready. And don't be afraid to share this post far and wide (even with your muggle friends)— the more the merrier!
Let us know in the comments if you have any questions and we'll get them answered as soon as we can.