December 1, 2020 (Barkerville, BC) – For more than 60 years Barkerville Historic Town & Park has been sharing history and common humanity with its visitors to through live, interactive storytelling that is compassionate, personal, and compelling. 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.

As such, Barkerville is asking for the public’s support to help keep people connected over the holidays.

Today (December 1st) marks #GivingTuesday in Canada, and Barkerville is pleased 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 just $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: https://donorbox.org/greetings-from-history.

To nominate a letter recipient for the campaign visit: https://forms.gle/JAcnbnH7AgSkJ11VA.

 

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