Snail mail project helps local teens stay connected through handwritten letters

Snail mail project in Tuscarawas County
Snail mail project in Tuscarawas County
Posted at 1:22 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 13:22:10-04

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, Ohio — Local teens in Tuscarawas County are helping their own fight boredom while spreading joy during the coronavirus pandemic through snail mail kits delivered to the homes of local youth.

Representatives of the Tuscarawas County Youth Prevention Services created a project to encourage local teens to send their address to the youth-to-youth leaders in order to receive a snail mail kit, which contains envelopes, stamps, colored paper, stickers students can use to write letters.

Snail mail project in Tuscarawas County
Snail mail project in Tuscarawas County

Teens are asked to write letters to friends, grandparents and small businesses.

"Many students were feeling the negative effects of social distancing such as loneliness, boredom, and disconnectedness,” said Youth Prevention Services Coordinator, Hannah Yoder in a news release. “We began brainstorming ways to help our teens connect while at home, and soon came up with the snail mail project.”

Snail mail project in Tuscarawas County
Snail mail project in Tuscarawas County

Project organizers are taking all the precautions when assembling the kits. A staff member uses the proper hand washing techniques and then delivers the kits with no human contact. Youth are asked to wait at least 24 hours before handling their kits.

The project is open to any teen in Tuscarawas County. Participants are just asked to add a Y2Y sticker to their letters, which are included in each kit, and to post photos of their experiences tagging Tuscarawas County Youth to Youth on Facebook or @tusc_y2y on Instagram.

Kits can be requested by contacting Tuscarawas County Youth to Youth via Facebook.

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