Lit­tle Red Mailbox of Hope of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one

Pub­lic in­vited to ded­i­ca­tion event Satur­day

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Blan­chard rblan­chard@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @boy­er­town­times on Twit­ter

“It’s a neat, neat project. It started in the Outer Banks, N.C., so it’s kind of cool that it’s made its way all the way to Dou­glassville.” — Cyndi Trombley, res­i­dent of Amity Town­ship

A Lit­tle Red Mailbox of Hope has come to Dou­glassville. The en­tire com­mu­nity is in­vited to a ded­i­ca­tion event on Satur­day, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. at Amity Com­mu­nity Park.

The Lit­tle Red Mail­boxes of Hope serve as a place to share mes­sages of hope and in­spi­ra­tion with one an­other through jour­nals. Peo­ple of all ages can visit with the mes­sages and con­trib­ute their own. The mailbox at Amity Com­mu­nity Park it is be­ing ded­i­cated in mem­ory of Ciara Jolie Whit­ney, a Daniel Boone stu­dent trag­i­cally lost in March of 2015.

Cyndi Trombley, a res­i­dent of Amity Town­ship, dis­cov­ered the Lit­tle Red Mail­boxes of Hope in the Outer Banks, N.C.

“It’s a neat, neat project.

It started in the Outer Banks, N.C., so it’s kind of cool that it’s made its way all the way to Dou­glassville.”

She ex­plained how her fam­ily went to the Outer Banks fol­low­ing the loss her daugh­ter’s friend.

“That’s our place; ev­ery­one has some­place they go where they recharge their bat­ter­ies. We were walk­ing along the beach we looked up on dune and there was this red mailbox that we’ve never seen be­fore. And it just said ‘hope’ on it. So we walked up the dune and it was just this beau­ti­ful mailbox. We sat there for two hours reading the jour­nals that were full of in­spi­ra­tional thoughts and up­lift­ing words.”

The fol­low­ing year, Trombley said her and her daugh­ter rushed back to the mailbox to read more mes­sages, and leave some of their own this time around. She listed con­trib­u­tors as young as 4 years old, up to 87.

“It was a re­ally re­mark­able thing that we stum­bled upon.”

They thought about how they could start some­thing like it back home, in Amity Town­ship, and de­cided to con­tact the orig­i­na­tor of the Lit­tle Red Mailbox, Sue Goodrich of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. With ap­proval from Goodrich, Trombley then sought and re­ceived ap­proval from the Amity Town­ship Parks and Recre­ation Dept.

The Lit­tle Red Mailbox of Hope #6 was in­stalled at Amity Com­mu­nity Park on Oct. 25.

“That mailbox is for ev­ery­body. It’s for peo­ple that have hope to give and peo­ple that need a lit­tle hope. A fifth graders’ idea of hope is dif­fer­ent than an adult’s that’s go­ing to the mailbox for hope. But some­times you can get hope even if it’s a dif­fer­ent age group. You know?”

Trombley will over­see the jour­nals and she’s happy with the place­ment of it, near the play­ground at the park. She said a lo­cal Girl Scout Troop is al­ready work­ing on their own jour­nal and se­niors at Key­stone Villa re­tire­ment com­mu­nity are also shar­ing their mes­sages of hope and ad­vice for hard times.

“Some peo­ple leave their name and age; some peo­ple leave a note and don’t even sign it. It can be anony­mous. It’s what­ever this area wants it to be.”

The first jour­nal has been sup­plied by project’s orig­i­na­tor; the mailbox it­self has been painted by an artist in North Carolina. Ciara’s ini­tials can be found painted on one side.

On Satur­day, the lo­cal Girl Scouts are host­ing a color run at the park from 9-12 p.m. As the run­ners cross the fin­ish line, there will be a gath­er­ing at the Mailbox of Hope for the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony. In at­ten­dance will be town­ship rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Ciara’s fam­ily and friends, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ruOKberks — a move­ment fight­ing stigma as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health.

COUR­TESY OF CYNDI TROMBLEY

The red mailbox is now in­stalled at Amity Com­mu­nity Park.

COUR­TESY OF CYNDI TROMBLEY

There will be a ded­i­ca­tion and rib­bon cut­ting for the Lit­tle Red Mailbox of Hope on Satur­day, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. at Amity Com­mu­nity Park fol­low­ing the com­mu­nity color run.

COUR­TESY OF CYNDI TROMBLEY

The Lit­tle Red Mailbox has made its way from the Outer Banks, N.C., to Dou­glassville.

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