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Send a Postcard, Grant a Wish

Wish of a Lifetime needs your help to fulfill the Wish of a caring and compassionate 70 year old who is in the end stages of COPD, and all you need to do is send a postcard.  Tom Burgett of Alabama has been fascinated by the vast diversity of cultures throughout our World.  Unfortunately, Tom’s ability to travel has become unfeasible given his current medical ailments.  Spending most days at home, besides the occasional doctor’s visit – Tom is worried that the outside world will pass him by.


We’re determined to prevent that from happening and with your help we can expose Tom not only to the many fascinating cultures of the world but also its love and respect.  All Tom wants are postcards. By visually visiting the locations on your postcards, Tom knows they will bring joy to his heart through his imagination.  We have fallen head over heels for Tom’s story and have vowed to make his Wish a reality.  Help us show this amazing senior that we still care and that old passions never die, even when you are no longer able to fulfill these passions on your own.


We will deliver all your postcards directly to Tom, so send a postcard highlighting the culture, landscape or people of our world, better yet send two or three and ask your friends to send them too!

 Address postcards to:

Wish of a Lifetime
Attn: Tom Burgett
1821 Blake St. Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202

Before you send your postcard, take a picture and upload it to Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #tomswish

We would love to get this trending and have thousands of people hear Tom’s story!

1,748 Postcards So Far: from all 7 continents,  85 countries and all 50 states!



49 Responses to Send a Postcard, Grant a Wish

  1. What a nice touch and idea.

  2. Carol says:

    What a nice thing to do.

  3. Mary Lee Chin says:

    Great idea. Have forwarded to friends with international contacts.

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I love to travel and totaly appreciate how he must feel. I’ve chosen to send him a postcard of Shetland, where we now live, as I doubt anyone else will be sending one from there! You can see more of Shetland, the most northerly part of the UK, on

  5. Bethany says:

    Wow – this is fantastic! I have shared his story on all our social networks and I will be sending him plenty of post cards. I hope his mailbox is overloaded with love from around the world. :)

  6. Kathy Owen says:

    Wow! What a touching story. Even though I’ve never traveled outside the US, I still intend on sending a postcard from my hometown of Floyds Knobs, In. God will use this and give you the eyes to see the beauty of His world through the many many postcards you will receive . I hope to see an update on this soon. Praying for many more blessings

  7. Jennifer says:

    We’ll be sending a postcard and spreading the word to our travel community!

  8. Sheena says:

    I’m traveling Europe right now and a friend sent me this link. I’ve added this address to the people getting postcards from my travels. I love postcards as much as Tom does!

  9. He will have a postcard in the mail from us by the end of the weekend!

  10. Chris F says:

    It will take a little while to arrive, but I put mine in the mail this morning from Australia

  11. Anne says:

    Sending mine off tomorrow! (I found out about this on Pinterest – maybe a good way to promote these type of wishes?) I have also forwarded this to people abroad or who travel abroad. I do hope he gets lots of mail. Cheers!

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  14. sheila says:

    Love this! Just addressed one to Tom from Warsaw, Poland. I’ve put the word out on social media, too.

  15. Suzy says:

    I will definitely be sending them in and sent to friends around the world!! Hope we can make Tom’s day and make him smile from all the love around the world!

  16. Connie says:

    Oh My Goodness — Idaho doesn’t seem to be represented. Shall remedy that right now. Meanwhile, prayers and greetings for Tom from the Clark Fork River in northern Idaho.

  17. Gwen Corey says:

    This IS a great idea! I’m sending Tom a peek at Charleston, SC. Well, maybe a bit more than a peek. I’m on card #5 at the moment. Writing shorts as a bit of what I’d share with a visiting friend. Instead of looking for the postcards of my hometown in IL, I’m posting on the two alumni sites I manage to ask classmates to send one or more. Small town America… a place we wish we could recreate.

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate and share with Tom. Until I have a paycheck coming in, I’ve grounded myself. I always enjoy doing things for others!

  18. Nicole says:

    Will send mine off from Heathrow tomorrow :)

  19. M says:

    I’ll send one from Bulgaria on Monday! :)

  20. Lois says:

    I’d like to send him a postcard but I have some problem with his address. Do I need to add USA in his address? I want to make it clear to ensure the card will arrive to the him :)

    1. JBWOL says:

      Just to make sure it gets here I would add USA.

  21. Alexandra P. says:

    Hey there,
    Me and my friends, living in germany, were thinking its a wonderful idea too :)
    So we’re sending a bunch of cards ;)

  22. Roxy says:

    Sorry to hear Tom’ s story, but I believe that hope can cheer a man up. I will send a card as soon as possible~~ Best wishes for Tom!!

  23. Monika says:

    Will most definitely send him cards from my trip in Germany and Denmark and from Poland which is where I live!

  24. Anne says:

    One is on its way from Australia! :)

  25. Janet says:

    Hello there,
    I will send Tom a postcard today from The Netherlands.. I hope he will received a lot of cards from all over the world..
    I don’t have a twitter account so i can not upload the postcard..
    Janet :o )

  26. Postcrossing says:

    Hi! We’ve posted your request on our Facebook/Twitter pages – members of Postcrossing love to send out postcards, we hope Tom gets lots of them! :)

  27. Simone says:

    Somebody from Germany is joining as well and hopes to brighten Tom’s day thanks to a lovely postcard from beautiful Würzburg ;-)

  28. Joy says:

    G’day mate!Saw the story on Facebook (via Postcrossing)-postcard on it’s way from Australia. Kind regards…

  29. Christina says:

    The word is reaching the community so expect more cards from around the world!!! This is a wonderful idea! Good for Tom for keeping his traveling spirit going!

  30. Kathinka says:

    This is such a great thing to do! I hope a lot of people will show their heart and send a card for Tom.
    We’re about to leave for a small tour in our own country (Belgium) so i’ll collect some cards from where we’ve been (ofcourse from my hometown as well :) ) and send them when we’re back!

  31. Tsveti says:

    I heard about this initiative from Postcrossing. It’s so nice…
    My 2 postcards are ready to go from my country Bulgaria.

  32. Judith says:

    Lots of people from are sending cards to Tom! Great to participate in this wish.

  33. Anastasia says:

    Really nice idea! Thanks to all who o it for Tom… my postcards will be sent this evening :)

  34. This is a terrific way to help Tom. Imagine his days filled with a new view of the world seasoned with encouraging notes from people around the world. Let’s show him that we care!
    I will promote on our Life Lessons radio show on blogtalk TODAY!!

  35. Lenske says:

    What a nice thing to do for Tom. I just wrote him a card with Dutch tullips and a windmill on it. I hope he will receive many more peeks at the world.

  36. Tess says:

    sending two today from WA state! great idea! happy thoughts for Tom. will try instagram first before sending.

  37. Vicki says:

    I have sent a postcard from Australia. Saw the request from and we send postcards SMILE

  38. Mina says:

    I’ve sent two yesterday and let my friends know about Tom. Expect postcards from Turkey!

  39. Marianne says:

    Send one from the Netherlands this weekend

  40. mari says:

    Great idea!!!! could be the change we wish and need to see in this world, GOOD DOSE OF LOVE!!! Will be sending Tom my card from Miami, Florida where I’m from.

  41. Ron says:

    You should get this on the forum at Postcrossing. See web site above.

    A Postcard is on the way!!

  42. Katherine says:

    I ordered a postcard for him through Touchnote today! I chose a photo I took from a local fiesta (festival) celebrated here in the Philippines. It was a photo of a smiling kid participating in the street dancing competition held during the festival celebration.

    I plan to send him another (and another) via regular mail when I get more postcards. =)

  43. Chun says:

    My card from Hong Kong would take off tomorrow! Hope Tom would enjoy all the cards! :)

  44. Laurie says:

    Sending one from Rhode Island tomorrow (holiday today, only state that still celebrates victory day!)

  45. Lynnette Harris Ford says:

    I know the power of post cards. My father-in-law will be 99 in Sept. and he loves getting cards. Tom’s sister is a dear friend so THANK YOU all for doing this. My card is in the mail. May God bless you ear and every one. There ARE still a lot of great people in this world.

  46. Leslie says:

    I’ll be the first from Maine today! Woot!

  47. Heleen says:

    I don’t have a twitter of instagram account, so this way I want to let you know that there’s a postcard on it’s way, an other one sent from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I hope Tom will enjoy it.

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