sending a smile to local kids who are housebound and nervous

Game Loft launches ‘Reach Out to ME: I’ll be there’ postcard initiative

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 4:45pm

Story Location:
Game Loft
Belfast  Maine
United States

    BELFAST — The Game Loft continues their work to create meaningful community connections for local youth and reduce the impact of social isolation during this time of necessary social distancing with ‘Reach Out to ME: I’ll be there’, an innovative postcard exchange initiative, according to Game Loft, in a news release.

    “Here is something you can do during this unprecedented period of isolation,” said Game Loft co-Founder and Director Patricia Estabrook, in the release, “kids love getting mail the old fashioned way. You can brighten the life of a kid who may be feeling anxious and depressed during this forced vacation. Please write a postcard to a kid in need.” 

    The Game Loft hopes to send out 200 postcards a day to kids in the local area who are housebound and nervous about the changes in their lives due to the school closings. Messages should be light or funny. Riddles or jokes are encouraged.

    “We are asking for postcards rather than letters so that parents can pre-screen all content,” said Estabrook. “Please do not use your full name or address on the postcard. We will re-address the cards and make sure that they get to kids who need a smile.”

    Postcards can be dropped off at the Game Loft, 78A Main Street, in Belfast. 

    The Game Loft is also accepting any donations of blank postcards to support the project. Donations can be dropped off at the Game Loft. 

    The Game Loft is continuing its feeding program for kids and has extended to seven day a week service, from 12 -2 p.m. This service is free and open to any school age child or youth in the community. All meals are served grab-and-go style with no sit-down service at this time. 

    For more information about this program, call Patricia Estabrook at 207-322-3229 (cell phone).

    To learn more about the Game Loft and regular programming visit www.thegameloft.org.

    The Game Loft is a 501c3 charitable organization serving youth ages 6-18 with free programming for over 22 years.