Thank you for all the great suggestions.
To clarify a few questions -
Everyone signs up for the postcards so while the sender is a surprise the fact that will get a random postcard in your mailbox is not.
I would not be sending a sympathy card but an actual postcard.
I add other things in the message about my city and such, what I was more looking for/ asking is if a small blurb like what bah12 suggested : "Your neighbors in the North stand with you in times of crisis. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the tragedies in Boston, Texes...(and whatever else)." would be ok.
Another poster mentioned history. This is a big part of why I like the project. I enjoy getting world info and knowing that when I'm older I can go back and read the info that was current that day.
The tragedy in Boston is very emotional for me on a few levels. One I'm a runner and two, Boston helped the city I live in after a devastating explosion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion). Our city sends a Christmas tree to Boston every year as thanks, I think they may be our sister city?
Such an emotional week. Thank you all for your input
Honestly? If I received a postcard with the above bold mentioned, along with your reasoning (being a runner/sister city history) I think that my heart would be touched.
I'm nowhere near Boston or DC . . . but these are things that do affect our country. Anthrax, Columbine, 9/11, Theater shootings . . . (please don't be offended if I didn't mention your specific tragedy) . . . all affect me, personally, because they are all an attack of terrorism.
I would very much appreciate a postcard from a random stranger which showed some humankind solidarity and compassion. I believe that it's good to know that our country isn't an isolated island and others feel our pain. Just as I hope that someone would send you a postcard of understanding condolences if something tragic happened in your neck of the woods.
Have you ever received a post card talking about news in your area? How would you feel receive a post card like this?
If it's something that you would appreciate receiving, I think that you should send a post card in-kind.
To the green above, I'm sure you're not the only one that uses this club for the same historical reasons.
No. I don't think that your post card would be rude at all.