Clients at New Beginnings of McPherson, Inc. will soon be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for something they do nearly every day — letter writing.

Clients at New Beginnings of McPherson, Inc. will soon be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for something they do nearly every day — letter writing.

Twelve individuals participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution national campaign to set the record in “most letters written to military personnel in one month.” The goal of 10,000 letters was surpassed when the DAR recorded 100,904 letters collected in June this year, thanks to New Beginnings of McPherson clients.

DAR member Glenda Golden suggested participating in the campaign to her daughter-in-law, Dawn Golden, who is one of the founders of New Beginnings of McPherson.

“[Glenda] thought writing letters to service members would be something our clients would enjoy doing, since they enjoy writing letters already. They know how important the military is, so to be able to write to a service person is a neat opportunity. I think they feel very important to be included in that,” Dawn Golden said. “They wrote about 12 letters that afternoon and followed the criteria. It’s exciting for them because they’re all patriotic, so that was cool for them.”

Clients at New Beginnings of McPherson write letters often, as it’s a way to make thoughts concrete while connecting with others.

“Clients like to send and receive letters since sometimes they don’t have a lot contact with their family, so it’s pretty exciting to get a piece of mail,” Dawn Golden said. “Some have staff write for them — they’ll express what they want to say and sign at the bottom — and others are completely capable of expressing themselves. I think they like that communication, talking about what they like to do and hearing about what other people like to do. I think it makes them feel important and builds their self-esteem. They focus less on themselves and look at what makes others happy as well.”

Not only is letter writing beneficial for clients, but it gives service members receiving the notes a boost as well.

“I was so happy that the clients did it. They’re contributing to telling the service members that they’re thinking about them too,” Glenda Golden said. “These letters are important because service members hear from people back home and know that they’re not in all these different places by themselves and that people are thinking about them, praying for them, and hoping that know they’re not alone.”

Letters were sent out around Independence Day to military personnel overseas, and recognition of the world record will be sent out participants soon.

“It surprised me that they got that many, and they could have gotten more since there are so many DAR members in the states and overseas,” Glenda Golden said. “It would be nice to see if they could break that record next year maybe.”