Meet Andrew and Carrie Cheatham
Standing by and tolerating social injustice isn’t acceptable for Orange County, Virginia native Carrie Cheatham. After the first Travel Ban on January 27, 2017, Carrie was determined to do more than just volunteer and advocate for displaced refugees. This legislative event struck Carrie’s heart and overwhelmed her with sadness, anger, confusion, frustration, and helplessness. After much thought, she and her husband, Andrew of Chesterfield, Virginia, turned their passion of making delightfully witty hand painted cards into a business for social good. Late summer 2017, Snail Mail, LLC, was established with a mission to make a difference in the lives of those seeking a safe haven and an opportunity to live in peace.
Carrie’s and Andrew’s journey together started while attending Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in 2012. They’ve been inseparable ever since. An internship with ReEstablish Richmond in 2015 exposed Carrie to the disparities and struggles of newly placed refugees. She was touched by the refugees’ love and willingness to share their limited resources. The refugees had nourished her soul in ways that was greater than her desire to “help” them get familiar with housing, transportation, and food resources. When asked what inspired her the most, Carrie said one word, “Tenacity.” She further explained, “Specifically, the tenacity of the refugees and migrants that we work with. Their bravery is so admirable!” It was not a hard decision for Carrie and Andrew to set aside 15% of their sales from Snail Mail, LLC to return the love to not only ReEstablish Richmond, but four other non-profits.
When they’re not fighting social injustice with their paint brushes and fun, loving card making from their home studio in Rockville, Virginia, the husband and wife duo enjoy outdoor adventures with their dogs, Dixie and Olive, working in the yard, and Crossfit. Carrie and Andrew are forever grateful for the people that have surrounded them and gotten them to where they are today. They consider themselves blessed to be engulfed in the maker scene in central Virginia and the good energy that folks have shown them is something that brings both of them great joy. They hope their cards help spread the same joy and kindness to the world that has been afforded to them.