Athens Woman Uses Card Ministry to Brighten a Person’s Day

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - There are some things we expect to get every month in our mailboxes that aren't that pleasant, like junk mail or bills.  But what if you had something to look forward to? One Athens woman is making it her mission to brighten a person's day through the mail.

Every month without fail, Bernice Sanderfer sends out cards in the mail. These aren't just any old cards. Sanderfer designs the cards in her home office. They include inspirational messages, health and nutrition tips, recipes and a little humor.

"If you love something, set it free," says Sanderfer, as she reads from one of her cards. "If it comes back, it will always be yours. If it doesn't come back, it was never yours to begin with. But if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money and doesn't appear to realize that you set it free, you either married it or gave birth to it."

Sanderfer prints the cards, stuffs them in envelopes, and adds a finishing touch.

"I personally address them," says Sanderfer.

It's a tradition she started about seven years ago with a few folks she knew from church that needed a pick-me-up. Now, it's grown to 60 people. Bernadette Jones and her husband are on the receiving end.

"Bernice added us to her card list when my husband had to have back surgery," explains Jones. "She knew how down he was about being home bound, so she decided to add us to the card list."

It's a decision Jones is grateful for.

"It's like your utility bill," says Jones. "You know it's going to come every month, except you're excited to see her cards."

Every month, as Bernice Sanderfer makes the trek down her driveway and across the street to the mailbox, she knows it's worth it.

"Some people don't have a lot to look forward to," says Sanderfer. "Every month, they can look forward to getting this card and know that I was thinking about them."

Bernice Sanderfer says the $319 Pay it Forward money will be used to buy supplies for her monthly card ministry and will help her efforts to send love, hope, and joy.