The art of letter writing has been all but forgotten in this current age of instant communication, but wait... Maybe not, after all. Rachel Syme, staff writer with The New Yorker, has resurrected a time-honored tradition – the pen pal – to combat the isolation of the pandemic. The Penpalooza initiative, as it is called, relies on secret Santa software called Elfster. Each person who signs up is given one person to write to and then another person signing up is assigned to write to you. So far, there are 7,000 participants. One participant described her experience, saying, “When my first piece of mail arrived, the excitement I felt was beyond reason. The pure thrill of a package, holding pieces of a person -- a bookmark, sticker and words was simply quite intoxicating.”

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