Here at Love Jac, if there’s one thing we
believe in more than anything else it’s that you can absolutely make a
difference in a person’s day by sending them a card with a handwritten
note. When we first heard about the
charity organization, Girls Love Mail
(GLM), we were immediately interested in learning more. After speaking with Gina Mulligan, we knew the people involved in GLM were our
kind of people.
GLM collects handwritten
letters from you and delivers them to women battling breast cancer. Gina started this charity after living
through her own experience with breast cancer.
Early in her fight, she received a letter from a survivor (a friend of a
friend) who was diagnosed at the same age as she was, 28. The letter was long and detailed very personal
experiences she went through. It was
open and heartfelt. This letter
empowered Gina. She was both thankful
and honored that this woman shared her experience.
After Gina won her
battle with breast cancer, she knew she wanted to give back. When she reflected on her own experience, it
was that letter that truly stuck out – and that’s how GLM was born. Gina now collects letters from people around
the world who also want to help women win their fight against breast cancer.
The mental and
emotional battle of any struggle is just as important as the physical. By delivering these heartfelt notes, Gina is
helping to strengthen a woman’s courage, getting them through one more day.
The feedback Gina has received so far is
nothing but encouraging. One recipient, Lori Murphy, said,
"The letter brought peace to a time of fear. It was so kind and thoughtful
to hear from someone who has gone through this before me."
On her website Gina encourages people get
together and have a letter writing party.
KJ Newman, a local GLM letter writer, has hosted two letter writing
parties. The ladies got together over
snacks and cocktails and wrote over 100 letters for the organization.
Gina reads every letter before it goes out and finds
that the most rewarding part of running GLM.
She said “I'm touched by the wonderful heart-felt words and that we get
letters from all ages. Some of the children's letters are the best. With all
the negativity in the world, I feel blessed to read the letters and see the
best of humankind.”
To this day she keeps the letter she received,
along with several other meaningful notes, in a pink wicker basket in her
office so she can re-read them. If you
are like us, you also have a special place for your treasured letters and
notes. You know the power each one holds
and how it has impacted your life.
We admire Gina for having an idea and making a
difference. Her compassion and
dedication are what makes GLM so successful.
We hope her story inspires you to pick up a pen today and write someone
a letter. Whether it be a friend,
relative, or complete stranger - your
thoughts and feelings might just make their day a little happier.
To write a letter for Girls Love Mail, simply mail
your letter to…
Girls Love Mail
2330 E. Bidwell Street, Suite 200
Folsom, California 95630
If you aren’t sure what to
write, visit GLM’s website for topic ideas and suggestions. We are all in this world together. Being there for one another is really what it's about.
~ Love Jac
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