Norfolk nonprofit on mission to send 10,000 handwritten notes of encouragement


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It seems like many of us are glued to technology, using texts and emails to communicate. A local nonprofit is using handwritten letters to spread messages of hope and love across the country.

“We just want to love people and that’s something that is needed and important,” said Jordie DiFernando, who founded Compassion Cards five years ago. “I was in a really dark place and things were just not great for me. In the midst of all of that, someone sent me a card.”

That card changed everything.

DiFernando said, “It changed my perspective on the importance of having a community around you to say like ‘hey I can see that you need encouragement and you need a good word to help get you through this slump.'”

Since then, the non-profit has sent thousands of cards. 

“We send cards to the homeless here in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area,” said DiFernando.  “We send cards to prison inmates across the state of Virginia, we send cards to human trafficking victims in the midwest.  We just partnered with a new organization in Detroit that’s like a mentorship program for minority youths.”

For the group’s fifth birthday, they have a new goal: send 10,000 cards. They are hoping the communtiy will help.

“Everyone has a seat at our table. We’re not telling you you can’t be here because you think differently than anyone else or you look differently than anyone else, we want our table to be full of the diversity that is the human race,” DiFernando said. 

Using the power of words to make a difference in a stranger’s life, one card at a time.

“I think we just never know how close someone is to throwing in the towel,” said DiFernando. “We have no idea who is going to end up with which one at that moment and how that word is going to impact somebody.”

You can write notes with Compassion Cards at the Mary D. Pretlow library in Ocean View from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

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