Barkerville Historic Town and Park has come up with a new idea to connect with people during the COVID-19 pandemic by blending the past and the present in a letter-writing campaign.
With the resurgence of a COVID-19 risk in Canada, the National Historic Site’s planned on-site winter interpretive programs have been suspended, many cultural workers are facing layoffs, and thousands of people living in isolation face the prospect of a lonely holiday season with little to no human connection.
In this environment, Barkerville is asking for the public’s support to help keep people connected over the holidays.
Dec. 1 marks #GivingTuesday in Canada, and Barkerville has chosen this day to launch its charitable Greetings from History campaign to support individuals in need of human interaction this winter. Arming themselves with pen, paper and a passion for connecting people and their heritage, Barkerville’s team of historical characters are set to work on achieving the monumental task of writing 2,000 personalized, full-page letters to those living in seclusion, sharing stories from the past, tales from the gold rush, love, support and a little bit of human connection.
To achieve its goal, Barkerville has launched a fundraising campaign aimed at covering the costs of postage, stationery and more than 1,000 hours of labour needed to support the Greetings from History campaign’s target of writing “2,000 Letters for the Lonely.”
Barkerville is asking for the public’s support to help make this happen.
A tax-deductible donation of $15 will cover the cost of postage, stationery and time to provide one deserving recipient with a full-page personalized letter, delivering real human connection in a time of great isolation. The ultimate campaign goal is to raise $30,000 to write 2,000 letters.
To support the Greetings from History campaign, visit donorbox.org/greetings-from-history.
To nominate a letter recipient for the campaign, visit forms.gle/JAcnbnH7AgSkJ11VA.