On December 28, 2011, I decided to take part in a type of bucket-list style quest that allows me to seek out adventure, compassion, education and self-discovery all before September 14, 2014.
What is called a “Life List,” I constructed 101 activities to engage in and complete before its time expired in 1,001 days. The most intriguing part of the Life List is that I get only an allotted time to complete 101 activities, which is far more realistic than a bucket list. I don’t even know what I’m doing in five years!
Number 98 on my list is to become a pen pal to a child overseas. With only 8 or so months to complete my list, I decided to start the year with this one in hopes that it will inspire me to act for others before I move on to those which focus on myself and my own happiness.
I did my research last week and found a bunch of sites that gives people of all ages and races the opportunity to become pen pals, but one in particular caught my attention.
Post Pals is a charity that focuses on bringing smiles and support to seriously ill children living in the United Kingdom. Established in 2002, Post Pals allows the public to send cards, letters and even gifts to children who need warmth and escape through words and picture. In conjunction with Post Pals, I was able to read more about one young girl’s story through CaringBridge.com (The links are below!).
Ruby is a 6 year-old girl who is battling a rare condition called Pseudo-Obstruction, in which the bowels are blocked due to nerve or muscle problems. The intestines are unable to push food through, causing severe pain and an inflated stomach. Ruby has been dealing with her condition since birth.
So I decided to write little Ruby a quick note and include one of my favorite toys ever. I remember my first My Little Pony and the happiness it brought me for years. Actually, I still own it. So when I had to think of the perfect gift to send Ruby, I knew it had to be a My Little Pony. Luckily, these things are still being made!
I contacted Ruby’s mother and hope to know that my extremely small contribution has made her smile.
For more information on how you can give your own smiles to a sick child, visit PostPals. You can even send a post right on the internet!