Kaksi vanhusta istuu joulupuun vieressä.

Christmas mail for the elderly

The “Christmas mail for the elderly” campaign invites to send Christmas cards to older people.

The “Siskot ja Simot” society for creative caring and its partners will arrange a campaign called “Christmas mail for the elderly” on 16.11.–11.12.2020. The aim of the campaign is to collect Christmas cards for the elderly clients of home care and housing services. The campaign involves more than 90 municipalities across Finland.

“To a lonely senior citizen, a Christmas card gives the feeling of being remembered. Cards can convey a human touch and bring joy to our fellow humans”, says Eero Väisänen, Executive Director of Siskot ja Simot ry.

Christmas wishes will be written onto the cards. “For you” is written into the space reserved for the recipient, and the sender’s own name plus Siskot ja Simot into the space reserved for the sender. The cards are dropped into the nearest collection box without an envelope.

Libraries as collection points

The cards are collected in the following libraries:

Helsinki: both mobile libraries, in the Central Library Oodi and in the libraries of Itäkeskus, Jakomäki, Kallion, Kannelmäki, Kontula, Käpylä, Lauttasaari, Malmi, Maunula, Oulunkylä, Paloheinä, Pasila, Puistola, Pukinmäki, Rikhardinkatu, Suutarila, Tapanila, Tapulikaupunki, Töölö, Viikki and Vuosaari.

Vantaa: mobile libraries and Hakunila, Kivistö, Koivukylä, Lumo, Länsimäki, Martinlaakso, Myyrmäki, Point and Tikkurila libraries

Espoo: Sello library and Iso Omena Service Centre. Other card collection points in Espoo

All Christmas card collection points and the possible mailing addresses can be found on the campaign website: siskotjasimot.fi/joulupostia

The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres, Citizen Forum (Kansalaisareena), the City of Helsinki and 4H Finland are cooperation partners of the campaign. President Sauli Niinistö acts as the patron of the campaign.

Campaign website: siskotjasimot.fi/joulupostia

The “Christmas mail for the elderly” campaign on social media: #kosketakortilla #joulupostia

Photo: Maija Astikainen / City of Helsinki