First, let me give you some updates about the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange. As of right now, there are 467 people registered to participate. This includes lots and lots of people with type 1, some with type 2, and an impressive group of type 3′s – siblings, children, spouses, nieces and aunts of adults with type 1, and parents, siblings and grandmothers of children with diabetes. Some families registered each member of their family, and some families are participating as a whole, creating a single postcard to exchange with another family. We even have some healthcare providers who either have diabetes or have family members with diabetes. While representation is heavily in favor of North America, we have participants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. We have parents making postcards for children as young as 2, and we have adults participating who are at least in their 60′s, although not everyone provided their age. We have people diagnosed in the 1940′s, and we have people diagnosed within the last month. This is far exceeding what I had hoped!
My initial plan was to throw my name and address into the mix, but I’ve decided to participate in a different way. I’m going to randomly select some people, and I will mail postcards to them so a few people will get an extra postcard. However, I would very much love to receive a postcard, so if anyone feels so inclined to make an extra one for me, that would be positively delightful. My address is:
PO Box 175
Magnolia NJ, 08049
I know a lot of people have already made, and even mailed their postcards, but if not, I have created another how-to video with a technique for creating a postcard. Similar to the first technique video, this one uses a lot of items you likely have on hand at home with the exception of blue paint. The blue craft paint I used can be purchased at any craft store for less than a dollar.
I had intended to create and post this second technique video much sooner, but matching participants and emailing has been quite a task. I’m still not quite done, as I have about 50 more emails to send, but I needed to take a break from that because it’s turning my brain to mush. I promise, if you haven’t received your email yet, I will get back to emailing shortly. Even if you don’t have your buddy’s name and address though, you can still get started on making your postcard. Then when you get your buddy’s information, all you will have to do is address the postcard and mail it!
I am so super excited to see the postcards and find out how people like this initiative. Your feedback will help me make it better next year, so please, visit the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange Facebook page to share your experience, post photos of the postcard you receive, and let me know what you think.
Last, but not least, if you haven’t joined the Postcard Exchange yet, it’s not too late, so email your name and postal mailing address (this is a Real Mail project, so email addresses don’t count) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.