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“Beth the ultimate birthday card sender”

Posted on: June 19, 2009

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The ultimate birthday greeting card maker

Beth Catlin loves to make and send birthday cards to people. She sends them to neighbors, friends, acquaintances and many people she has never met. She has created these special greetings for people for 40 years. Even if she has only met you once and you never are in contact with you again she will remember your birthday for as long as she lives and send you a card.
This special gift comes from the fact that she is a savant and her special gift to the planet is her ability to remember names, addresses and birthdates. She makes and mails about 3,800 birthday cards a year to people she has me

The 50-year-old is a savant, who while being diagnosed as mentally challenged also has the amazing ability to recall numbers, dates and, of course, birthdays with computer-like precision.

When Catlin was first profiled by the Patriot-News in 1995, she was averaging about 1,400 cards a year. This year, she surpassed 3,800 with each date, name and address cataloged in her brain for life.
Most of the funding to continue her work comes through Elizabeth’s job at the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training, a workshop for people with disabilities. All donations are appreciated. Creating and sending birthday greetings is as much a part of her daily routine as going to work and doing her chores.

On September 22, Elizabeth’s birthday people get to give back to her for her kindness and gift card to them over the years. She receives more than 200 cards, many bearing gifts of stamps.

Please send Beth a card and some stamps as a surprise for her birthday and wonderful service at:

S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training
262 Silver Spring Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-8512 (717) 243-2397

Resources

Pennlive.com/midstate/mechanicsburg_woman_wishes_hap

7 Responses to "“Beth the ultimate birthday card sender”"

Greatest effort in the world “People helping people” Enjoyed your blog very much. keep it up the good work.

I just read the Readers Digest! and you are awesome!! Hugs Linda

Dear Beth/Whoever can help,

I am really interested in receiving a birthday card from Beth. If anyone can help me contact her please e-mail me at jcapple@comcast.net.

I just read about you in the Reader’s Digest. I am so impressed by your abilities. I think that you are an awesome person. I was wondering if I might be able to get on your birthday card list as I would also like to send you a birthday card on your birthday as well. My info is… Thank you so much.
Bonnie Rivera
90 Longwood Dr
Groveville, NJ 08620

Bonnie
Please send your request directly to Beth at the address listed in the blog post. If you send it to the center where she works she will get it.

DEAR BETH…I READ ABOUT YOU WHILE SITTING IN MY DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND I THINK YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!I AM WRITING TO WISH YOU A BELATED BIRTHDAY GREETING, YOU SEE, WE SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY. ONLY SOME YEARS APART..I WAS BORN 9/22/45 IN ST ALBANS HOSPITAL, NEW YORK. I WISH YOU A BLESSED AND JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON AND A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH HOPE AND HAPPINESS..
LOVE, JANICE

there are many greeting card options that you can see in online stores but i love those that generate cute sounds ‘~,

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