In the wake of the Coronavirus, greeting cards can bridge the gap created by social distancing.
“The world is pretty bleak right now so it is critical that we are intentional about staying connected to the people we love,” said Culture Greetings’ founder, Dr. Dionne Mahaffey.
Founded in 2018, Culture Greetings is an innovative Black greeting cards platform that lets users choose a greeting card, write a personal note using handwriting fonts that mirror real penmanship and click “send,” which cues the state-of-the-art printing press. The company then prints and mails the card directly to the recipient the following business day, saving customers a trip to the store.
“Although this pandemic has stopped us from being social in person, the Postal Service is still hard at work and our staff is taking every safety precaution to get your cards in the mail,” Mahaffey added.
She describes the process of selecting and sending cards as easy as posting on social media or sending a text message. The Culture Greetings website offers a tutorial of the entire process. In addition to greeting cards, the company offers gift cards from Amazon, Home Depot, iTunes and several other brands that can be included in the mailing.
We all know someone—a family member or a friend—that we usually see but now we can’t spend time together.
“Everyone loves getting cards in the mail. And the relatively safe and short walk to the mailbox can help them break the monotony of being in the house all day,” she said.
“It’s the perfect time to send a card to simply say, “Be encouraged”, “Happy Birthday,” “Hang in there,” “Thank You,” or “I’m thinking of you.” There is always a reason to send a greeting card,” Mahaffey continued.
“It’s also a great idea to spread love to healthcare workers, first responders and those who can’t get visitors like seniors in nursing homes and youth in children’s hospitals. Why not make calls to local agencies and facilities to get a list of mailing addresses and names,” she added.
Culture Greetings, offers over 1,500 greeting cards, most with imagery featuring Black and Brown people. The cards span all holidays and occasions, and there are also templates that lets you add your own photo on the front. Additionally, there is a Quarantine Cards collection that offers sentiment as well as humor to help us all get through this pandemic.
“Anything you would find in Hallmark, CVS, or on a greeting card aisle, you will find on the Culture Greetings website except we have all Black and African American greeting cards,” she concluded.
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