This initiative sends letters to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic

It was in direction of the finish of June that college college students Tara Luthra and Aanshi Gupta despatched off the first letter of their Write To Recognize initiative. It was a second of satisfaction for them, sending this vital letter of gratitude to a health care provider who had been engaged on the COVID-19 frontline with few breaks. And the 21-year-olds saved doing extra, bringing individuals in for extra letter-writing to add some cheer to the gruelling days of important workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the nation, till they despatched their 200th letter simply final week.

The thought is easy: attain out to Tara and Aanshi by means of the Write To Recognize web site, fill the kinds to develop into a volunteer or to nominate important workers who you suppose would love such a be aware. There can be an identical course of achieved by Tara and Aanshi to get issues streamlined, until volunteers have a selected particular person they need to write to.

Worth doing nicely

Tara and Aanshi need volunteers to perceive that the letter-writing course of is a heartfelt one, not merely jotting down a fast thanks. With this requirement in thoughts, the letters have been spruced up with color, written on suave paper, with brightly-coloured pens. Some even have illustrations.

To save on postage exercise, the letters are scanned after which emailed to the e mail tackle of the nominated employee. “We are self-funded,” says Aanshi, “and we want to minimise the amount of movement happening, we don’t want to contribute to the spread of the virus. If the letter really has to go to a postal address only, then we are happy to cover the postage fees.”

Based in Mumbai, Tara and Aanshi say over a Google Hangout name with MetroPlus, that they wished to make the most of their lockdown by curating notes of gratitude for important workers past the healthcare business. “We are so grateful to doctors and nurses, but we wanted to explore those beyond this important industry who are stepping up: the police, security personnel, food vendors, and more. But we do write to doctors and nurses a lot,” says Aanshi.

Tara provides, “We’ve had nominations of delivery boys, social workers, people working at grassroots levels, and those helping migrant workers go home amid the lockdowns. A lot of people our age — in their early 20s — feel helpless sitting at home, even though it is the right thing to do to help flatten the curve. This also helps add to the spirit of community so no one feels alone.”

Aanshi states that the mission has been fulfilling, particularly given how this era has hardly ever engaged with the artwork of letter writing. “That’s why we had a lot of engagements from students,” she smiles.

Tara says the variety of languages in the letters has largely been inclusive: “We have tried to get our volunteers to have a range of languages in which they write, such as Marathi, Bengali and Hindi. By limiting the letters to just English, we limit our reach, which isn’t our goal.”

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