“We have a box of tissues on the table because you can’t read these letters without reacting,” she said.
Fitzgerald acknowledged the group likely will only be able to respond to a fraction of the correspondence but said the project is open-ended, and the more volunteers the group gets, the more thank-you notes they will be able to write.
One of the thank-you cards was sent to Beloit High School in Wisconsin, where students in Megan Miller’s English class had each made personal sympathy cards.
In her thank you note, volunteer Nancy Roznicki wrote, “Your colorful cards with messages of peace and love and your prayers help with our healing. All ‘one of a kind!’”
Melissa Badger, as spokeswoman for the school district, said they were amazed that someone took the time to respond.
“To find out that yes, they were received and appreciated reinforces that lesson to these students that you can make a difference, you can maybe make things better and the effort is definitely worth it,” she said.