Kiwibop Postcard Pals Launches a Weekly Educational Postcard Subscription Service Aimed at Engaging Young Readers

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Couple turns their passion for sending encouraging postcards to seriously ill children into an ongoing educational, feel-good service with a purpose.

Our core mission is to bring encouragement to early readers and comfort to children struggling with serious illness. We call this our one-for-one mission.

Kiwibop Postcard Pals is an exciting, new subscription service that delivers weekly educational postcards packed with interesting facts and compelling photography from a rotating crew of inspiring characters. Kiwibop Postcard Pals serves a charitable mission with each membership purchased by providing a complimentary membership to a child coping with a life threatening illness or injury.

Through the weekly postcards, young readers may be taken to a tropical rainforest to learn about endangered animals one week and travel to the edge of outer space to see images of planets the next. Some pals will check in from exciting road trips featuring offbeat roadside attractions, landmarks and even national parks. Unlike the typical kids magazine or recently popular box subscription services, Kiwibop Postcard Pals delivers something unique and engaging for young readers in the mail on a weekly basis. Memberships can be used as educational resources for teachers and paraprofessionals, especially to motivate emerging readers and special needs students, or as a birthday gift that continues week after week. Either way, children will love to collect the cards they receive.

“Kiwibop Postcard Pals was born out of our passion as volunteers sending postcards to children with life threatening illnesses and injuries,” said founder Eddie Hollenbeck. “There is something contagious about the joy you experience when receiving a happy piece of mail. Our core mission is to bring encouragement to early readers and comfort to children struggling with serious illness. We call this our one-for-one mission.”

These complimentary memberships are reserved for children diagnosed with a life threatening illness (such as leukemia, tumors, or degenerative illnesses). Some of these children are undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation, while others are currently waiting for a transplant. The Postcard Pals’ weekly mailings provide these children with some comfort during difficult times.

Kiwibop Postcard Pals Membership Core Features:

  • Members receive a vibrant, fact-filled postcard in the mail each week
  • Postcards are written for early readers and focus on topics interesting to children (and adults) of all ages
  • Kiwibop Postcard Pals matches every paid membership with a complimentary membership for a child coping with a life threatening illness or injury
  • Memberships can be purchased on a monthly, six month and twelve month basis starting at $6.99 per month

About the Founders:
Founders Eddie Hollenbeck and Erika Graff reside in Plainville, CT. Eddie has been an active adult eMentor with early reader pen pal programs and previously served as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Erika is a seasoned marketing strategist with a focus on digital marketing. Together, they live with junior postcard couriers Alexis (age 7) and Paige (age 6) who are active consultants in the development of the program and its content.

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