Frequently Asked Questions
What is Girls Love Mail?
Girls Love Mail is a charity that collects hand-written letters and gives them to women going through breast cancer treatment.
Can Girls Love Mail send my friend a letter if I provide the address?
No. Because of medical confidentiality laws, Girls Love Mail is prohibited from obtaining patient information. Girls Love Mail letters are distributed through cancer centers and doctor's offices.
If you know of a center that might like to participate, please contact us.
Can I get my group to write letters?
Absolutely! Gather up your book club, school class, Girl Scout troop, fraternity (men can write too), bunco circle - you name it - and have a GLM Letter Writing Party! Writing together is helpful and fun, so we put together several downloadable Party Kits to make it easy. Each kit contains conversation starters, inspirational quotes, and wonderful sample letters - everything you need to get your group laughing, crying, writing and having a great party. We have kits tailored to women's groups, Girl Scout Troops, and school projects for all ages. Learn more.
How do I get started?
Join Us today in the MILE OF MAIL 2013 campaign to get out 5,280 letters this year!
Fill out the short form so you stay connected. Learn exciting Girls Love Mail news and read
responses from letter recipients. Letters are coming from over 100 U.S. cities and counting!
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Where do I send my letters?
Girls Love Mail
2330 E. Bidwell Street, Suite 200
Folsom, California 95630
How do I begin my letter? Do I sign my letter?
The best way to start your letter is with “Dear Friend” or “Dear Sister.” We encourage you to
sign just your first name and last initial (Gina M.). Please do NOT date your letters.
What should I write about? Should I mention prayer or religion?
The idea is to encourage a newly diagnosed patient. Tell the reader you’re thinking of them
and that they are not alone. We encourage you to share your own experiences. But because
we won’t know the religious beliefs of the person who will receive your letter, we ask you to
refrain from religious references. Phrases like “thinking of you” are most effective.
Should I mention someone who has passed away?
This one is a little tricky. We want you to share your personal experiences, but it's hard for someone newly diagnosed to hear about others who have died from cancer or other diseases. You can certainly mention your loved ones without necessarily sharing the outcome. For example, "My grandmother fought breast cancer and she liked to wear a different wig everyday."
Can I write a letter even if I’ve never had cancer?
Yes. Anyone with a story to share or desire to encourage a woman can write a letter.
You don't have to be a breast cancer survivor to write a letter. We encourage children to include their age or grade level in their letters.
Can I write the same letter many times?
We ask that you write no more than 5 of the exact same letter. This is to help us be sure we mix the letters when we send them to our cancer centers. You can definitely use the same sentiment and style, but please limit identical letters.
Do I need to hand-write my letter?
Yes. Remember, you’re doing more than writing a letter, you’re sending a hand-made gift.
Do I need special stationery or envelopes?
Not really. But your letter must fit in the GLM envelope (4.75” x 6.5”). Otherwise, you can use any note card, stationery, postcard, or other paper of your choosing.
Is there free stationery I can use?
Yes! You can download our free custom Girls Love Mail stationery here. - Download File.
MILE OF MAIL 2013
Be part of the MILE OF MAIL 2013 campaign to
get out 5,280 letters this year! Plus stay connected with GLM & read responses from letter recipients.