Unbound Letters Support Children in Poverty, US Postal Service

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April is National Letter Writing Month. Unbound encourages letter writing by sponsors and their sponsored friends because it lets the sponsors know their friends are really there, it brings hope to those living in poverty and, let's be honest, who doesn't love getting a handwritten letter in a pile of mostly junk mail?

Cindy, a sponsored child in Guatemala, reads a letter from her sponsor, Suzanne.

Tax Day has come and gone. Checks to the IRS have been sent. Now, it’s time to concentrate on another important piece of mail: a handwritten letter.

The U.S. Postal Service has designated April as National Letter Writing month. At mid-month the warehouse at Unbound, an international humanitarian organization, has been deluged with letters.

Actually Unbound is deluged with mail every month. The organization processes more than 1.3 million letters through its Kansas City office every year. The letters are written by the 300,000-plus children and families Unbound serves from around the world who are working hard to create sustainable lives free from poverty.

Some envelopes include photos and holiday cards. Teams of volunteers sort, scan and mail all those letters to their final destinations: sponsors' mailboxes across the U.S.

Unbound encourages letter writing by sponsors and their sponsored friends for a variety of benefits:

  • Letters are one way those who sponsor a child or elderly person through the Unbound program know their sponsored friend is really there.
  • Letters mean hope. Imagine the impact a note from America has on a child struggling to escape poverty. A simple “I believe in you” means the world.
  • Real handwritten letters from another culture are a happy discovery in your pile of mostly junk mail.

This month Unbound encourages you to sponsor a child in one of the 21 countries where we work. Then write her or him a letter. It will make a big difference for both of you.

Unbound is the largest nonprofit in Kansas with more than $120 million in annual revenue. Unbound works side by side with people of diverse faith traditions in 21 countries, bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways.

Unbound distributes direct aid as quickly and efficiently as possible to people who need it. About 93 percent of Unbound's expenses go toward program support.


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