L.W.A. member Rachel pointed us in the direction of the website Delivering for America. It is run by the National Association of Letter Carriers to help educate the public about how the mail works and why it is so important. They are collecting stories about why mail matters to various businesses and individuals. We certainly encourage you to share your stories with them.
The Letter Writers Alliance exists because we grew tired of hearing people say that they loved letters, but nobody writes them anymore. We heard this a hundred times in one day, for two days straight while participating in a craft fair. A light bulb went off for both of us: what if we could link up these people, who participate in a solitary art, and connect them so they don't feel like the only ones anymore? That was in 2007 when we decided to start the Alliance. We created the Alliance to network those letter lovers together. We formed a website and came up with a concept for what a membership would entail and what kind of perks would come with it. Today, we have over 5,000 members world wide who love the postal system and are grateful for it everyday.
If you reach back and remember the joy from receiving a letter, something to hold, to reread, to treasure and then imagine passing that feeling on to someone else. A letter means even more today than it used to. They became mundane, but are now almost sacred artifacts. It's a small, very small, price to pay to touch someone the way that a letter can. Also, letters are extremely important primary sources for our collective experience of history. I wonder a lot about what is being lost with the advent of email and text and Twitter and how much history is sacrificed to the delete key.
P.S. Did you catch that bit about over 5,000 members? Don't worry. I'm working on something fancy to help celebrate it!