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‘Paying it forward’

Max Osmond continues the tradition of letter writing in memory of his mother Gladys. He recently accepted a framed display on her behalf.
Max Osmond continues the tradition of letter writing in memory of his mother Gladys. He recently accepted a framed display on her behalf.

Gladys Osmond’s son Max said he has been trying to “pay it forward” with a different spin on his late mother’s letter-writing campaign in support of Canadian troops.

By taking time each week to write letters to people he knows who could possibly use a few words of encouragement, he said is also helping keeping his mother’s memory alive.

Osmond doesn’t use the computer — strictly “snail mail,” he joked — and the 50 or more letters he was posting on that particular day amounted to about $50 in stamps he said, so it can be a costly venture.

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Instead of writing letters to Canadian Armed Forces members serving overseas, he takes time in the morning or afternoon to compose a few words of encouragement to those who may need it to help brighten their day.

He said when his mother had asked him if he would continue writing for her, he was honest in saying he couldn’t promise it, but is glad to have found a way that he can support her goal of brightening someone’s day.

He said he has been pleasantly surprised at the reaction and often receives replies.

By taking time each week to write letters to people he knows who could possibly use a few words of encouragement, he said is also helping keeping his mother’s memory alive.

Osmond doesn’t use the computer — strictly “snail mail,” he joked — and the 50 or more letters he was posting on that particular day amounted to about $50 in stamps he said, so it can be a costly venture.

Related story:

Osmond remembered on Canada Day for her letter writing

Instead of writing letters to Canadian Armed Forces members serving overseas, he takes time in the morning or afternoon to compose a few words of encouragement to those who may need it to help brighten their day.

He said when his mother had asked him if he would continue writing for her, he was honest in saying he couldn’t promise it, but is glad to have found a way that he can support her goal of brightening someone’s day.

He said he has been pleasantly surprised at the reaction and often receives replies.

He has received at least a couple dozen return letters and comments from those who told him his words were beautiful.

He said he knows his mother would appreciate it, and that she is smiling down on him.

Mrs. Osmond also received responses and thank-you notes, and on occasions visits by military members, including the former general, Rick Hillier, who made a special trip to Springdale to present her with a Medallion for Distinguished Service.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship St. John's presented her son Max with a framed display on Canada Day in honour of her efforts. She had also received the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Although she was able to use a computer, it was the art of traditional letter writing that lifted the spirits of many, which her son Max is continuing in his own way.

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