These are some numbers we need to pay attention to: 300 and 574,000 and 40,270,000.
Why? These numbers represent something very important in our society.
The recent news announced by HallMark Greeting Cards to close its Kansas plant will put 300 employees out of work and may also have an adverse affect on the over 500,000 employees of the USPS. Why?
People are not buying and mailing enough greeting cards to keep these industries in business like
they did several years ago. Social media, e-cards and online wishes (via texts or e-mails) have drastically reduced the number of actual greeting cards mailed or given to people. This is sad news on so many levels.
I could not find any updated statistics (if there are any at all) on the number of people in the US that do not have access to a computer. What I did find was that there were over 40 million people in the US that are 65 or older, according to the 2010 census. Now, I know many people in this group may be active on computers and use some social media platforms, but I am willing to guess that the majority do not.
What we can do to help:
- Buy greeting cards at your local stores
- Select handmade cards from craft fairs
- Purchase special cards online
- Buy some postage stamps (you don’t have to lick them anymore!)
We can all do our part to not only help people stay employed, but connect and communicate with people on a more personal level. Surprise someone with a special card they find mixed in with their ‘junk’ mail. Thank them, Congratulate them, Encourage them, just let them know you are Thinking of them! They will appreciate it!
I will even help you get started! A free HorseMark HandMade card will be sent to two people who comment on this post by November 15, 2012.* I am looking forward to reading your comments!
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