As we move into the holiday season, families going through medical challenges and medical staff that serve so selflessly are on our hearts and minds. The holidays seem characterized by images painted by Norman Rockwell, the smells of home cooked meals, and family time. Many people we know will have a different experience this season because they are serving or being served. In fact, the nature of walking through medical adversity is that many families will miss gathering with extended family because they are unable to travel, are out of town, or need to stay overnight at a hospital. The good news is that you and I can do something to encourage them and remind them that they are not alone.
When we launched the helloHOPE blog, Mary Beth wrote about how easy it is for us to believe the lie that we are by ourselves as we walk through challenges, and she shared truth to encourage us when we feel alone. I think the holidays can amplify that feeling for many. If you can take the time or make the trip to visit someone that is in the hospital or unable to travel to see family this Thanksgiving, you will play a vital role in reminding them of the truth that they are loved, cared for, and surrounded with support.
We also wanted to give you an easy and free tool for writing a note of encouragement this Thanksgiving season. Even if you can’t visit someone facing medical adversity, a handwritten note is something we can all find the time for. We designed a pack of free printable “hello” cards that you can download below. Send these to friends and family whether they’re local or thousands of miles away, and you can help to spread encouragement and hope.
Download Your Free Printable
To get your free printable hello cards, fill out the form below. You will receive an email with the link to download the printable PDF file. These are meant to be printed on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and then cut out. A standard A2 size envelope will work for these cards. Amazon sells A2 size envelopes, or you can find them at a local office supply or craft store.
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With your help, we would love to deliver personal encouragement and hope to as many families as possible this season. Please share this post with your friends and family, and let’s spread hope!
Spread Hope (In the comments):
Share a story about how you plan on encouraging someone you know facing medical adversity.
You may also be interested in this post with conversation tips for talking to a family facing medical adversity or reading our family’s journey with medical adversity to see how this all started.