I always feel there is a lack of something that can really convince the audience this project is meaningful and useful (Maybe I never seriously think about why do I use this way to optimize the activity about sending postcards to sick kids). So I do a further research on this problem.

People can gain mental and some physical benefits from helping people. You will fell satisfaction of life when you receive an appreciation and I think that is an energy for them to keep helping people.

When we talk about altruism, evidence indicates that feeling empathy for the person in need is an important motivator of helping (Aderman and Berkowitz, 1970). And for some problem that we can solve immediately like a donation, we may hope to know whether we help them and what the follow-up status is, which showing we generate an empathic emotion and an emotional connection with the subject we are helping.

However, the volunteer who sends postcard to sick kid almost can’t know follow-up information about the kid. Although the parents of the children may update the kid’s information per about 4 moths, I think it is not ‘new enough’ to satisfy the ‘curious of the volunteer’. People may lose their enthusiasm while they feel and know nothing from the cause and weaken the emotional connection with the cause, sending postcards to sick kids. According to the conversation with some volunteers, they said they want to know how’s the kids going on, which I think they care about the kids and want to know the follow-up status, hence, I use showing children’s mood to reconnect the volunteer and kids.