How to Mail a Yellow Envelope

Fill someone's mailbox with yellow envelopes to brighten his day.
Fill someone's mailbox with yellow envelopes to brighten his day. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Sending a yellow envelope is one way to rebel against the negativity spread by the newspapers, radio stations, television and other media. The House of Shine initiative involves ordinary people in saluting everyday citizens who make the world a better place in big and small ways. The website encourages people to nominate someone they know who is deserving or to send a yellow envelope to each week's winner. This is an effort to fill the citizen's mailbox with yellow envelopes as an expression of gratitude for their spending time with a child, doing a good deed, exhibiting excellent customer service or other small kindnesses.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow envelope
  • White envelope (optional)
  • Yellow stickers (optional)
  • Card or paper
  • Postage stamp

Purchase a yellow envelope or a white one and decorate it with yellow stickers.

Check the House of Shine ( website each week to view the address of the current week's recipient.

Read the short story written about the current winner. This tells you what good deed or kindness the person showed to someone. It also gives you information about what efforts to thank them for in your yellow envelope.

Write a small note on a card or sheet of paper telling the week's recipient that you appreciate how he is making the world a better place. Stick the note in the envelope and seal it.

Address the envelope with the person's name and address. Put "Yellow Envelope Project" in the return address area.

Put a postage stamp in the upper right hand corner of the envelope.

Place the yellow envelope in your mailbox and raise the flag to alert the postman to pick up your outgoing mail. This is an effective way to spread joy to someone in America who you don't know and to give them a well-deserved pat on the back.

Tips & Warnings

  • Nominate a person to receive the yellow envelopes. If you don't want to wait and see if he is a weekly winner, visit the website and purchase a yellow envelope to send to the individual anyway. For a small fee the company inscribes, addresses and mails it for you.
  • Large envelopes may require extra postage. Usually, it states this on the envelope, but if in doubt weight it at the post office.

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