I find Instagram to be an inspiring place to hang out. It relies so heavily on visual eye candy and I'm a sucker for that. Sometimes the message is just as powerful as the image and in one case, I knew I could do something to help.
One day while scrolling my feed, I came across a post from Julie Reif (@quoteJulie), who is the founder of The Blog Bar, the paper lover behind 8balloons and the founder of Mail with Love. Julie's Instagram post featured the image above on the far right, along with a call out that read:
Card designers and snailmailers! So happy to have received 20 beautiful cards from Anita of @monkeymindesign for Mail with Love that I will begin at Joe DiMaggio's Children Hospital. I will be collecting any type of card not just holiday to give to the hospital so they can use them with families and patients for therapy, encouragement, and birthdays. Let's see how big we can make this and show how amazing our community is! Deadline is Nov 1st.
I had to get in touch with Julie. I knew I had product that was sitting at the office and based on Julie's post: that product could make someone happy. Julie is an inspiration: She has founded Mail with Love, a program that puts cards in the hands of people who need them. How awesome is that? I thought it was amazing, so I happily shipped off 700 cards. Along with other card designers, Mail with Love has collected over 4,000 cards and has partnered with Ronald McDonald House, The United Way and Joe DiMaggio's Children Hospital. You can find out more about Mail with Love on Julie's blog 8Balloons.
People like Julie make you stop, feel for and think of others. As a greeting card designer and publisher there isn't a better feeling than knowing that one of your cards has made someone feel special.
Thank you Julie.
images from @quotejulie Instagram feed