e-Buddies of the Month
Each month, we will profile one of our many fantastic e-Buddies pairs! If you would like for your match to be profiled, please contact us!
This month we are featuring Tina and Megan!
Tina lives in Pennsylvania and her e-Buddy, Megan, is from Oklahoma. They were matched in November of 2006 and have sent one another well over 200 e-mails each.
Tina shares that she really enjoys that she and Megan e-mail back and forth on a regular basis. Megan explains, “I think the thing that I enjoy most about being involved in e-Buddies is the unconditional friendship. e-Buddies did a great job of matching Tina and I. e-Buddies allows anyone, no matter how hectic their schedule is, to make a difference in someone's life. Through technology, I can respond to Tina's email at any time during the day or night so the flexibility is a great aspect to being an e-Buddy.”
When asked what is surprising about their involvement in e-Buddies, Megan shares: “I have been involved with e-Buddies for almost 2 years. I have also volunteered with special needs children, the Special Olympics, Children's Miracle Network and the MDA Telethon. Last year, I had the privilege of touring the International Headquarters for the Special Olympics in Washington, D.C. As I walked out of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Office, I saw a photo with the Best Buddies logo on it. I told the gentleman that I was also an e-Buddy. He shared with me that Mrs. Shriver's son was the founder of Best Buddies/e-Buddies. It really made an impact on me that two organizations that I believe are amazing organizations were founded by the same family.” Tina enjoys that e-Buddies provides her with new friends to e-mail with, like Megan.
Tina also shares that she enjoys that Megan makes her laugh. Megan goes on to say that; “I think one thing that makes my friendship with Tina so special is that she is genuinely concerned about me. Some of my favorite e-mails from Tina are when she is giving me advice and concerned about my well being. Not only does Tina care about me but she always wants me to tell my family and friends hello for her. Even though I have never met Tina in person or even seen a photograph of her, I am very confident that she is the picture of a great friend with a kind and caring heart.”
Tina and Megan appreciate the friendship that they have been able to develop through e-Buddies. Tina sums it up by sharing: “Megan is very helpful and beautiful and I like making new friends with Megan.” Megan explains: “My friendship with Tina and my e-mails are something that I look forward to each day. I know that many times we think that we are the ones that are supposed to be making a difference in someone's life by volunteering but honestly it is usually the volunteer that receives the most. My e-Buddy relationship with Tina has taught me about responsibility and dependability. I know how important a commitment is and once you make a commitment you need to stick to it! I just hope that Tina looks forward to my e-mails as much as I look forward to hers. Unconditional friendship and a smile on my face would best sum of my experience with e-Buddies. Tina started a "tradition" the first time she wrote to me. From that day, I have been "Princess Megan" and she always signs her e-mails, your best e-Buddy "Princess Tina". I guess we have sort of written our own cyberspace fairy tale about unconditional friendship.”
Congratulations to Tina and Megan, our e-Buddies of the Month for June!
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