I'm Arnav, currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley. I started Pumpkin Letters when I was a high school junior. I'm actively involved in my school and community as a guitarist/performer for our Rock and Jazz bands, participant in various clubs and organizations, an intern for a local political campaign, and juggling course work in Data Science and entrepreneurship.
AND MY Partner
I'm Aavya, a middle-schooler in California.
I am a singer, artist, dancer, writer, and an avid book lover.
My first "job" at Pumpkin Letters was to make drawings and write letters.
Now, as my brother gets busy with college, I am taking on a more active role on the operations side–recruiting volunteers, connecting with care homes, and reaching even more elders.
THE STORY OF PUMPKIN LETTERS
We knew that our grandparents were really missing seeing us during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, so we started writing letters and cards and dropping off to them regularly. This was in April 2020.
We realized that just like our grandparents, there were so many other grandparents and seniors who couldn't see their grandkids and were lonely. So, we made colorful cards and sent packages of letters and notes to some assisted living and hospice facilities. We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of appreciation for our very small act and their requests for more letters.
That's why we started Pumpkin Letters so we could connect other kids, who wanted to help, with elders in need of some warmth and cheer to brighten up their day!
Fast Forward to
Thanks to all the creative volunteers, we have brightened up the days of more than 1670 elders with our letters, art, and cards in the last 3 years.