Sometimes we need a little validation

As much as we do things for the good of others and the satisfaction that brings, there are times that we just need a little validation for what we do. It can be a sign, a note, a comment or some little thing that just tells us yes, you are on the right path and doing the right thing. Such is the case with our work in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program.

Our volunteers, decorators and card angels work tirelessly to keep our program going. Many have full time jobs in addition to the program, along with responsibilities for families and other things. Yet, we continue to grow and reach more seniors each and every day. Once in a while a note from a senior, letter from a senior community or personal message from someone gives us the fuel that we need to continue the work that we do even when we are tired the most.

Yesterday, we received one of those messages that I am referring to. It was the perfect validation for what we started and what we do every day. It validated our mission and goals and reminded us why we keep prepping envelopes, preparing packages, speaking and creating even when we are exhausted, our backs hurt and bed seems more appealing. There isn’t much more that I can say as the letter speaks for itself. It validates why we do what we do, “One card, one smile at a time”. I have removed the personal information from the letter for privacy purposes, but you can see that it is from one our Florida communities that receives our cards.

Dear Mr. Tyson,

Yesterday, a box of your beautiful cards found its way to my desk.  As the Director of Lifestyles for Palmetto Landing, a senior living community in Winter Springs, Florida, serving both assisted living and memory care residents, I was delighted to learn of your organization.  What a beautiful tribute to your late grandmother, and how fulfilling it must be to you, knowing how many smiles her inspiration has brought to tens of thousands of seniors across the nation!  

To say our residents were deeply touched upon receiving the cards is an understatement.  Some rarely, if ever, get a letter or cards – and were absolutely delighted to receive something in the mail!  Others were touched by the fact that total strangers – some as young as seven – had written a note especially for them!  Each and every resident in our community has now received a card, and those which remain will be used from time to time for residents who do not receive mail otherwise, or who just need a “pick-me-up.”

Thank you, again, for your thoughtfulness and for this special ministry. It has been a true blessing to me to be able to “partner” with you by bringing One Card, One Smile at a Time to the residents of Palmetto Landing!

With heartfelt gratitude

Thank you for all you do each and every day. Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.


#bringsmilestoseniors #inspirationalmessages #inspirationalposts

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