A letter from Ron
Dear Bring Smiles Family,
We are now three years into this amazing journey to bring smiles to as many seniors as possible. Throughout this time I have had the pleasure of enjoying your support, creativity, love, sharing and compassion for your fellow persons. You have selflessly given of your time and talent to help us reach even more seniors across the country, in hopes of ensuring that they know that they are loved and not forgotten.
During this time we have enlisted schools, civic groups, employers and individuals to be a part of something far greater than we could have ever imagined. We have gone from no cards to receiving cards that have allowed us to grow year over year in unimaginable numbers. We delivered 7,719 our first year, 18,810 in year two, 40,515 in year three and are already at 24,014 in the first quarter of this year. That my friends is “the power of we”.
Proudly, we now deliver to all 50 states and have made 288 deliveries this year alone. Our Michigan program still does it old school and delivers in person (go Diane and Lillian). Our special mailings (Liane) and Florida program (Becky & Linda) that deliver to the rest of the states now mail our packages to senior communities where they deliver the cards by hand for us. Our home delivery program (Renee) still takes care of seniors at home. The decision to reach more seniors rather than stay local was one of the best decisions we made, but also one of the most expensive. So we are always looking for new ways to secure funding for our postage expense and welcome any donations to support those efforts.
When I started this program, I had a little dream that turned into one big reality. We are filling an untapped need with every package that goes out to a senior community. The person who was sitting in their room wondering if anyone cared, now knows that someone does. The person who was lonely and needed reminding that they mattered, know know that they do. That person that desperately needed a smile now has one as a result of receiving your card. “One card, one smile at a time” is our motto and we have done that over 96,000 times since we started in March 2016.
I am thankful to all of you and our amazing volunteer team. You have supported my daily inspirational posts at morningswithron.com. You have listened to my podcast at anchor.fm/morningswithron or other podcast sites. You have delivered when we needed it most. When I speak to groups, I am always proud to tell the story of the most amazing people on the planet that are a part of this program. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being on this journey with me.
Ron TysonFounder, Bring Smiles to Seniors
Bring Smiles to Seniors
PO Box 226 Odessa FL 33556
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