Shannon Markle | February 12, 2021
"I wish there was something I could just do!"
We've all said that in the past year, haven't we? Wanted to 'just do' something to ease the stress, loneliness and worry our loved ones (and ourselves) have been living with since the pandemic began. At Idea Exchange, the Postcard Project has given us that chance, and Cambridge, you have stepped up. By creating messages of care and concern for some of the most vulnerable in our community - those living in retirement homes and long-term care and essential workers tending to our loved ones - you have done something wonderful.
By decorating a postcard, and writing a message we've collectively reached across the void of isolation to support each other. So far, we've collected and distributed 300+ postcards to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital staff tending Cambridge Country Manor, and various homes across town - and more are ready for distribution every day! In fact, this project is so popular we've decided to extend it until March 31st, so we can keep spreading some sunshine - until the spring arrives.
But you have folks in your own life that need a little shout out, don't you? We all do these days. We are thrilled to announce a new series of postcards created just for you to send to those you know need a boost. To keep this positivity in the community going, we asked artist Brittany Sostar to design four postcards for you to download at home. Once you finish writing your message it's your turn to deliver them to the ones you love. After all, don't we need to take care of each other more than ever, these days?
Want to continue to donate your time and creativity to strangers? Pick up a pack of postcards at any Idea Exchange location and get busy. When you are finished, return to any Idea Exchange drop box. Earn three hours/package for the artwork or four hours/package if you do both the artwork and the messaging. Make sure to include a valid, legible email address and your name, so our volunteer coordinator can email your confirmation of your contribution.
The Postcard Project is in conjunction with the Cambridge Art Galleries exhibition Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau: Is It The Sun Or The Asphalt All I See Is Bright Black