The Letters Project shares stories of families whose children are struggling with terminal illness and developmental disabilities. This website allows users to come together as an online community to show support for these families and learn how these types of illnesses and disabilities affect people in our world today.

In a world where communication has advanced through technology, the human aspect of it is barely there. People write emails, messages, text messages to those they are trying to communicate with. The personal aspect of writing and receiving mail, knowing that someone took the time to write is slowly slipping from our culture. The Letters Project provides an opportunity for people and students to harness some of these more traditional human characteristics that effect people in a positive way.

In order to send letters to our receivers you must subscribe to the page.

We are a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation.

If you are having a hard time trying to figure out what to write or send, please review the following examples for some ideas!

  • 1. As far as packages go, we usually will include something that our letter receiver enjoys doing. For example some of our receivers enjoy Marvel comics. You could find some items online that are their favorite super hero to send! (Again, just an example, not applicable for each person).
  • 2. Try to keep the letters upbeat. Talk about positive subjects, where you’re from, what the story means to you.
  • 3. Don’t over promise. If you tell them you’re going to send them a present or a gift, do it. It might be something small for you but for them it might mean something much more.
  • 4. Be cognizant and respectful of what they’re going through and what their family is going through.
  • 5. Don’t dismiss fears and concerns. “You’re going to be just fine! There’s no way you’ll get any worse! You will get better!”
  • 6. Don’t ask or discuss the following: “What are your odds? I know someone that had the same issue you’re going through and they died. Forget what your doctors say! You should try ____!”
  • 7. Unless you’ve actually gone through the EXACT same event, don’t tell them that “I know how you feel.”

The best letters are those that say “Just keeping you in my prayers” or “Keeping you in my thoughts.”

Good luck and thank you for taking part in this project.

The Letters Project Team