* Hand-write your notes
* Organize. Make a list of everybody you need to write, what they did for you, and their addresses.
* If they gave you a gift, name the gift, and how you have used it or plan to use it. (Emily Post taught me this!! It shows that you care. ( http://www.emilypost.com/)
* Send your notes within a month of the date you received the kind act, preferably within 2-weeks or sooner.