I was reading the crisis buddies thread and while I can definitely see the appeal, I know that I wouldn't ever call someone and I doubt I'd be able to listen if someone called me since Peri is SOOO high-needs
BUT... I was thinking I wish I had something to look forward to during these long boring days of winter AND simultaneously dwelling on my day yesterday which included jealousy of two newborns I saw sporting homemade knitted goodies. (I don't know anyone who knits!)
And I came up with this, which is similar to what we did in an online gardening group I once belonged to...
Basically you gather addresses of your online buddies (yeah, this is where some of you might shy away!!) and randomly send goodies. They can be used items- a good novel you just finished, CD's (as in cloth diapers, but hey music is good too!!), pretty stationery, gift cards, nice soap or lotion, handmade items, chocolates, etc. in a little box... just enough of "something" to cheer the person when they check the mail that day.
If you know enough about them, you can send special items or items for their kids, etc. It can be really fun and it definitely gives you something to look forward to because you might GET something fun, but you're also always on the lookout for fun things to GIVE as well.