What to Say - Letter Writing Guidelines and Tips
1. Race, Religion, Age, Type of Treatment, Cancer Stage, Dying
The goal is to help each recipient regardless of race, religion, age, type of treatment, or
cancer stage. For this reason, we are unable to hand out letters that are not universally
appropriate. We encourage you to share your experiences and tell the reader you are thinking
of them; however, please refrain from religious references and other non-inclusive wording.
In addition, it may be difficult 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."
2. Greeting, Signature, and NO Date
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.). And because we don't know a distribution
time frame, it's best not to date your letters or reference holidays/seasons.
3. Hand-Write Your Letter
You are doing more than writing a letter, you’re sending a hand-made gift.
4. Stationery and Envelopes
You may use any note card, stationery, or paper that can be folded or fits in our special
GLM Envelope measuring 4.75” x 6.5” (announcement size). Each letter is place in a GLM
envelope for distribution. You can also download our free custom Girls Love Mail stationery. -
5. Write From the Heart
No matter how clumsy the words, if it comes from the heart you can’t miss!
"A little encouragement in hearing from someone is so positive."
~ Reyna L. (Letter Recipient)
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