Due to COVID-19, our elderly population is isolated and lonely.
As a result, Tinte Cellars has created “Letters of Love for the Elderly” —handwritten notes and cards delivered to those who may be feeling especially isolated and cut-off from the community right now. The Woodinville winery’s co-owners and husband and wife team, Teresa Spellman Gamble and Tim Gamble, are encouraging others to get involved.
Tinte Cellars has partnered with the Northshore Senior Center, who will send these love letters to the senior communities served by Northshore, in Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek, and Kirkland.
“Reaching out with words of comfort could be a real game-changer when we are talking about the feeling of isolation,” said Corey Lowell, Director of Senior Centers, for Northshore Senior Center. “Anything to make the recipients smile and feel connected to something outside of their house is greatly appreciated.”
How to get involved
Pick up a pen or crayon and create a handwritten letter or card to brighten their day.
- Letters must be legible (large print) and handwritten. No worries if you aren’t artistic – make your card like one you would like to receive.
- Embrace creativity! Recipients will love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you to make your letters detailed, thoughtful, and heartfelt.
- Be kind and thoughtful (more than talking about yourself). This is a one-way letter exchange, meaning you will not receive a letter back. No reciprocation is part of the beauty of your act of kindness, and the recipients won’t feel burdened by feeling obligated or being unable to respond.
- Avoid using religious themes, phrases, or quotes.
- Exclude the date (day, month, year).
- Please put your letters in an envelope but do not seal it.
- If you are sending more than one letter, leave all the enveloped letters unsealed and unstamped and put them in a larger envelope or box to send.
- Please exercise health-aware precautions, such as cleaning your writing instruments, and wearing gloves and a mask when you are writing your letter.*
- Anything to make the elderly smile and feel connected to something outside of their house would be greatly appreciated!
* The CDC, World Health Organization, and Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.
Mail your letters/cards to the following:
Corey Lowell, Director of Senior Centers
Northshore Senior Center
10201 E. Riverside Drive
Bothell, WA 98011