MLL + STATE: Bags for Bradan & Brooks

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Dear Brooks,

You are one tough kid! We heard you have been going through a lot and thought you could not only use some encouragement, but maybe a cool new backpack too! Don’t be fooled, this is not just any old backpack, this is a GiveBackPack.

When you wear this bag you are joining with a bunch of other kids and adults who are also wearing our bags around the world. It’s called the STATE family and we are starting a movement. We believe in six STATE values: Knowledge, Health, Conservation, Acceptance, Leadership and Courage.

On your bag we have snapped on the badge of Courage, because you have earned it! We hope you will rock this bag proudly and try to live by these values. Stay in touch on our website (www.statebags.com) and tell us some stories about how you are living by our other STATE Values so we can send you more fun snaps for your new backpack!

Stay strong little man!
The STATE Bags Team

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Dear Bradan,

We were touched by the words of your friend about who you are and the impact you are making on your friends, family, and the world around you and so we wanted you to receive your letters in one of our bags. This isn’t just any backpack, it is a GiveBackPack and we have added two special badges to it just for you!

First is the badge of Knowledge, because we hear you love studying, especially foreign languages. That is awesome! Keep it up!

Second, is the badge of Acceptance, because you have become known as someone who shows love and support to the people around you. Never lose that. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to others and yourself.

We hope you will rock this bag proudly and continue to live by, what we call, our STATE Values. We would love for you to stay in touch and earn more badges for your bag. Visit our website www.statebags.com to find out more.

Love,
The STATE Bags Team

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Check out STATEBAGS.COM to learn more about the GiveBackPack & hope to be involved in their beautiful mission.
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With crossed t’s & dotted i’s,
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MLL

Because every girl deserves a break-up survival kit…

Remember Liza? Just a few weeks ago we took to the More Love Letters’ social streams and blasted out a letter request that needed your cursive. There had been a break up. It had been rough. And Sara– being the kind of best friend we all wish we had– made it her mission to bring Liza back to herself by way of love letters. 

One) Thank you for joining us in this social media mission.

Two) Dig into Sara’s storytelling of the moment when Liza got her Emergency Love Letter Bundle below.

A week ago, the team at More Love Letters sent out a call for some #emergencylove. We asked those following our social media streams to pin their hearts to a letter request that hit close to home for me: emergency love letters for my best friend in the wave of a startling break-up story.

Let me personally thank you for flooding my mailbox.

I took these beautifully written notes of encouragement, support, comradarie, and love and packaged them into a “break-up survival kit,” complete with a carefully crafted playlist and BFF gift coupons, the kind that include no expiration date. Because every girl deserves a little package wrapped tightly with a bow during the most extreme feelings of heartbreak.

And the delivery could not have been more gratifying. Between the excitement and surprise of receiving a gift, to the explanation of the call for love letters, to the tears shed at gratefulness and pure love over the words of these carefully penned notes, the reveal could not have become a better moment.

We sat in my car in the mall parking lot reading letter after letter. And we both cried over the kind words from all of these beautiful strangers from all across the US. And we both realized that love reaches far beyond what we ever really expect.

I’ve fallen head over heels with love stories and the power of snail mail all over again. I’ve also fallen in love with gift giving for the “not traditional” occasions: the break-ups, the you did it! moments, the just because‘s. Officially starting a chapter with a lot more letter writing, gift giving, and an outpouring of love.

Your September Mission… Choose to accept it!

This fall, More Love Letters is raking in the season with 3…yes, you heard us right… 3 Love Letter Bundles scripted especially for strangers embarking on a “fresh start” of sorts.

We’re praising the new beginnings and sending well wishes to all those enduring hard times in this moment. Please, won’t you help us deliver the message of love loud & clear?

So what is a Love Letter Bundle? 

Each month, we send out a “call for love letters” (just like this one) for an unsuspecting receiver (or in this case, receivers) in need of a little handwritten goodness. You will then have until the end of the month to send over a card or letter to the More Love Letters PO Box. We’ll bundle the letters and mail them all together to a lucky, lucky mailbox with an explanation note from MoreLoveLetters.com on top.

It’s simple. It takes 5 minutes. And really, what’s better than a monthly pinning of “heart to page” for someone who truly needs some love and syllables?  So gather your friends, your students, your coworkers or church group, and take on the monthly mission together! New to letter writing? Get started here!

The following letter requests were requested by close friends of the recipients, they have written the descriptions you read below:

Meet Jessica

“Jessica is a recent college freshman, 800 miles from the only place she knew as home. In high school, she was the girl everyone looked to for advice, a smile, a hug, or a shoulder to cry on. She poured her love into the people she talked to and the organizations she was involved with. As she began to talk about the transition to college, she explained that’s what she felt – lost, lonely and alone. I couldn’t believe it… someone I viewed as one of the strongest women out there felt in the same shoes as I once did. Jessica deserves a letter to remind her of how she has the ability to impact the world and the people around her. To remind her that not everything in life is easy, but if she puts her mind to it – anything is possible.”

Meet Kayla

“One month ago, Kayla & one of her siblings were hit head by a drunk driver.  The wreck was very severe but thankfully they both survived.  Kayla broke several bones and she still recovering, as it will be a long journey. Kayla is soft spoken, but her heart is kind and full of compassion.  I know I could turn to Kayla if I ever needed anything. I’m writing because Kayla needs some extra love.  I want her to be reminded that she can let go of her worries and that she won’t be alone in any of this.”

Meet Wilson

“Wilson is a senior in college and due circumstances beyond his control he had to switch out of his dream major (nursing) and become a communications major. It is a lot of change to take on suddenly and he is handling it as well as can be expected. Wilson has been an amazingly supportive best friend and is the single best thing that has happened to me since coming to school. I just want him to know that he truly is a wonderful, amazing, special person and that those of us whose lives he touches are truly blessed.”

 

All Love Letters can be sent to:

Fresh Start Bundles

PO Box 2061

North Haven, CT 06473

Letters can sent all in one envelope or individually, whichever you prefer. We’ve got little elves to sort them all out J.  Write for one, two or all three!

Please postmark all love letters by the last day in September. Please & Thanks.

Joining Us?

Let us know on Twitter Facebook

Supporting the @moreloveletters mission today with my cursive + love letters:   http://moreloveletters.com/freshstartbundles

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Pens out. Paper out. @moreloveletters mission in hand. Are you writing?:  http://moreloveletters.com/freshstartbundles

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But wait… There. Is. More.

In honor of our first birthday (and because we adore cool letter writer pens!), we are gifting the first fifty letter writers who send in mail with a Sheaffer® ballpoint pen to bring your cursive to the next level.

BE SURE to include your return address to be eligible for the gift! Thanks Sheaffer for the great pens!

FYI: We ALWAYS appreciate blog posts to raise awareness for these letter requests! Get creative. Pull out your glitter, write down your favorite quotes and REMEMBER: We all write love letters differently, own your love letter writing style…we don’t need someone else’s love letter, we need yours.We also ask that you stay POSITIVE. UPBEAT. & SUPPORTIVE in your letters. Storytelling is A-OK but let’s not dwell on the negative, folks.

one-liners for the month

  • Want to write even more love letters?  More Love Letters is always accepting generic love letters for individuals going through trials & hard times through our PO Box.
  • Think you + More Love Letters are a Cinderella shoe fit? More Love Letters has opened up some new love letter writing positions, check them out here. 
  • Think you’ve got what it takes to lead your campus in Love Letter Writing? Sign up to be a Campus Cursive Leader HERE.

happy love letter writing!

With crossed t’s and dotted i’s,

Hannah B &
The More Love Letters Team
*At this time, the gifting of Sheaffer® ballpoint pens to letter writers only applies to U.S. residents.
Disclaimer:
More Love Letters reserves the right to remove any love letter(s) not aligned with the mission and/or message of the organization.
More Love Letters is not responsible for the reactions of recipients upon receiving Bundles. All responsibility falls on the requester of the love letters.

*At this time, the gifting of Sheaffer® ballpoint pens to letter writers only applies to U.S. residents.

Our Birthday Love Letter Bundle Mission: Meet LisaRose

ditch the birthday cards, just send love letters

More Love Letters is growing, growing, growing and we cannot believe that already we are a year old! It has been 12 beautiful months packed with filling 6 continents, 47 countries and all 50 states with our love letters! We could not have done without you!

In just one year we’ve mailed over 4,441 love letters! Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to a coffee for being such an amazing supporter.

Though we love a good birthday party, there is simply no time to celebrate when there are love letters to write AND WE. HAVE. A. LOVE. LETTER. BUNDLE. MISSION. FOR. YOU.

so what is a love letter bundle? 

Each month, we send out a “call for love letters” (just like this one) for an unsuspecting receiver (or in this case, receivers) in need of a little handwritten goodness. You will then have 2 weeks to send over a card or letter to the More Love Letters PO Box. We’ll bundle the letters and mail them all together to a lucky, lucky mailbox with an explanation note from MoreLoveLetters.comon top.

It’s simple. It takes 5 minutes. And really, what’s better than a monthly pinning of “heart to page” for someone who truly needs some love and syllables?  So gather your friends, your students, your coworkers or church group, and take on the monthly mission together!

meet LisaRose.

LisaRose dedicated her most recent birthday to doing 50 Acts of Kindness… Today we are dedicated our birthday to LisaRose.

In lieu of birthday cards, please help us write love letters to LisaRose instead. Read her story below (submitted by one of her best friend’s):

“LisaRose has spent the last year taking care of her parents’ medical needs. Both of her parents’ are at different stages of dementia, and the transition has been very difficult for LisaRose. She deals with this along with her own medical conditions. And all this time, she continues to check in on her friends, take food to people who are sick or have lost loved ones, and help out her neighbors.

She is exhausted, heartbroken, and seems to have forgotten just how amazing she is.  I think she has forgotten that she is sunshine and inspiration for so many people.  Because of months of tiresome demands, the light is gone from her eyes. She needs to hear fresh voices reminding her how loved and valuable she is. Please, please help us put the spark back in her heart.”

please mail all love letters to: 
LisaRose’s Bundle
PO Box 2061
North Haven, CT
06473
Postmarked by September 7th (that’s 10 days to write, folks!) 
joining us?

Let us know on Twitter Facebook

Crossing my t’s + dotting my i’s to support the @moreloveletters birthday mission today:  http://tinyurl.com/9bror6h

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For their first birthday, @moreloveletters needs all the letters they can get… Join in:  http://tinyurl.com/9bror6h

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Want to write a love letter today? Check out this mission from @moreloveletters: http://tinyurl.com/9bror6h

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FYI: We ALWAYS appreciate blog posts to raise awareness for these letter requests! Get creative. Pull out your glitter, write down your favorite quotes and REMEMBER: We all write love letters differently, own your love letter writing style…we don’t need someone else’s love letter, we need yours.

We also ask that you stay POSITIVE. UPBEAT. & SUPPORTIVE in your letters. Storytelling is A-OK but let’s not dwell on the negative, folks.

one-liners for the month

  • Want to write even more love letters?  More Love Letters is always accepting generic love letters for individuals going through trials & hard times through our PO Box.
  • Think you + More Love Letters are a Cinderella shoe fit? More Love Letters has opened up some new love letter writing positions, check them out here. 
  • Think you’ve got what it takes to lead your campus in Love Letter Writing?Sign up to be a Campus Cursive Leader HERE.

happy love letter writing!

With crossed t’s and dotted i’s,

Hannah B &
The More Love Letters Team

Meet Jim: Our July Love Letter Bundle Recipient

We’re back.

Did you miss us?!?

We spent the last month pulling apart & reassembling the way we handle Love Letter Bundles so that we can blast even more love letters out into the world in the months ahead. Expect some big, massive, BEAUTIFUL changes to the More Love Letters site and the way operate.

Gang—in the spirit of one of our team writers, we are not looking to be a cluster of letter writers all over the world… We are on a fierce, fierce mission to be a tribe of letter writers, finding one another with light & love… Are you in?

If so, suit up! Grab your stationery. And have every intention to blast this letter request out to your networks. We need all the hands we can find with this one so check out the request below & get buzzing:

“This month we hope to deliver a large bundle of letters filled with support, strength, and love to Jim’s mailbox. Jim’s daughter Samantha requested an outpouring of love in her dad’s honor. “He is the kind of person who makes people feel good about themselves…He never had great wealth, but he was always rich in friends, loved ones, and experiences.” 

Jim was diagnosed with cancer last year, and has experienced drastic changes to the life he once led. “He had to stop working, grew tired too easily, and lost the laughter that we came to rely on.” Samantha wants her father to be reminded by this Love Letter Bundle of how much he is loved and what a great man and father he is and always will be.”

Please mail all love letters to the address below with a postmark date before JULY 30, 2012:

Jim’s Bundle

PO Box 2061,

North Haven,  CT 06473 

FYI: We ALWAYS appreciate blog posts to raise awareness for these letter requests! Get creative. Pull out your glitter, write down your favorite quotes and REMEMBER: We all write love letters differently, own your love letter writing style…we don’t need someone else’s love letter, we need yours.

We also ask that you stay POSITIVE. UPBEAT. & SUPPORTIVE in your letters. Storytelling is A-OK but let’s not dwell on the negative, folks.

New to letter writing? Check out the STARTER KIT HERE!

Spread the Word 

Get your share of Tweetables below….

Mission accomplished. Just wrote a #loveletter 4 the @moreloveletters July Bundle: http://www.moreloveletters.com/2012/07/16/lettersforjim/

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Dear @moreloveletters, I’m in.  My 45 cents is changing someone’s life today: http://www.moreloveletters.com/2012/07/16/lettersforjim/

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The world needs far more than my own love letters… Join me +@moreloveletters today: http://www.moreloveletters.com/2012/07/16/lettersforjim/

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And share the mission of Facebook:

The world needs far more than my own love letter. Please join me and MoreLoveLetters.com today to write love letters to Jim, a man who is fighting against cancer & could use your words of encouragement: http://www.moreloveletters.com/2012/07/16/lettersforjim/

More Love Letters One-Liners for the Month

  • Support the mission of More Love Letters in a larger way by watching this TED talk by founder Hannah Brencher (she’s a global finalist!) and show your support through comments + ratings!
  • Want to write even more love letters with your campus group or closest friends? Consider adopting a Love Letter Bundle today! More details here.
  • Think you + More Love Letters are a Cinderella shoe fit? More Love Letters has just opened up the doors to partnering with other blogs, organizations and stationery crews. If you think your company or blog might be a fit for our site, check out our partnership page today.

Happy Love Letter Writing!

With crossed t’s and dotted i’s,

The More Love Letters Team

The nitty gritty P.S. kind of stuff…

  • Think your friends and family would benefit from being on this email list as well? Pass them the link and encourage them to sign up: http://www.moreloveletters.com/get-involved/become-a-writer/ As promised on moreloveletters.com, we don’t want to live in your mailbox we just want to call on you when a love letter request needs some back up.
  • You are totally our Juliets in all of this and we could not do it without you…. Speaking of Juliet, leave the mush to her and keep the love letters in the “friend zone.”
  • Think you want to take on another love letter request? Just send us an email to request@moreloveletters.com and we will hook you up with another letter that could use your skills. We appreciate all volunteer writers.

 

Oh, and P.P.S.

For safety measures, we will not display last names of love letter recipients or addresses. All snail mail will be managed through the central More Love Letters PO Box. We also ask that you do not include contact information within your love letters.

Keep the letters clean, no crude or inappropriate messaging will be forwarded to recipients. Please do not include monetary gifts.

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PACE Center for Girls takes to Love Lettering for Stella

This week, some of the girls form the PACE Center for Girls wrote love letters for a very special girl named Stella. Stella’s best friend requested love letters for her to boost Stella’s esteem and confidence & the girls at PACE got the job done! Check out the interview below with Maisy and give some thought to adopting your own Love Letter Bundle!

How did you initially find out about More Love Letters?

I’ve known Hannah Brencher for a while now through our mutual involvement with She’s the First. I’ve watched this beautiful project blossom through Facebook updates since the very beginning and am constantly amazed Hannah’s dedication to spreading joy and love to the rest of the world.

What gave you the idea to have your students write love letters?

I’ve wanted to have the students write letters ever since I was an intern at PACE but never had the opportunity until now. This week we were doing a lesson in Spirited Girls! (PACE’s life management curriculum that helps girls to make positive decisions and lifestyle choices) that taught about giving intangible gifts and I thought it would be the perfect time for some letter writing!

How did the students respond to the idea?

Some girls took immediately to writing and didn’t stop until the class period was over. Some girls were hesitant because they said they didn’t know what to write to a person they’d never met. I explained to them that they should write whatever they would want someone to write to them if they were in need of some extra love and encouragement.

What kind of planning did it require?

We have three counselors on staff so the three of us got together to figure out what supplies we would need and how to present it to the girls.

Do you have any advice for our devoted letter-ers out there in trying to throw a letter writing party?

Do it. Do it now.
The letters that my girls wrote were flat out amazing and giving the gift of love is something that should be done more often.

What was the reaction after the writing- were the eager to do it again, did they want to check out the website, or were they rather neutral on the idea?

Several of the girls asked me if I had read their letters and wanted feedback on them. I think that now that they’re more comfortable with the idea they’d be excited to do it again. Several of the girls could relate to what this young lady was going through so I think it helped them to feel like they were helping someone else with their words of wisdom from their experiences.

What is your favorite part about More Love Letters?

I love every single little part about this amazing organization. I love the idea behind it. I love the love that is shared by people who have never met each other.
It’s incredible.

 


I spy with my little eye… some One Direction lyrics.

Mission + the Mailbox: Danielle’s Love Letter Bundle

Notes from a Love Letter Writer:
You’ve done it again. You’ve gone & blown the ballet flats straight off our feet with your gratitude and originality. Reading the letters for Danielle was an experience I wish I could slip into the back pockets of each & every one of you. Thanks for taking up the challenge of our spontaneous mission and making sure one, deserving gal gets a pile of love in her mailbox later this week.

You are amazing. Do I tell you that enough?

Best,

Hannah Katy


 


Kelley’s Bundle

Notes from a Love Letter Writer:

Once again, you scripted your heart out to this month’s Love Letter Bundle recipient. I think that if most of us are honest, Kelley’s story resonates in the lives of many who took up letter writing this month. The days when I dealt with bullying and the “mean girls” still stay with me. Even after years of distance between the events and now, they still hold this power to sting.

I tried to sink my feet into the shoes of Kelley this afternoon and wonder what it might be like to get love letters at this time. All that I can do is hope and pray that they’ve reached her safely and that she knows herself loved and supported by so many of us.

Great job, Team!

Best,

Hannah Katy

November’s Love Letter Bundle: The St. Louis Girls Volleyball Team

Notes from a Love Letter Writer

I know this Love Letter Bundle stuck into the crevices of a lot of our hearts last month. I don’t know how to thank all of you for writing these letters of love to the St. Louis Girls Volleyball Team, who recently lost a teammate to teen suicide. You’ve proven once again that love can make a page glow, can pull you closer to a cause without even knowing a person. Today I am beyond proud to be working with all of you. I am beyond proud to have decided to step forward and make MoreLoveLetters.com a reality. If it had only sat in my hands, this would have never been possible. Thank you.

A special thank you to Emily-Anne Rigal this month. Emily-Anne is the girl I want to be when I grow up. At only 17-years-old, she is the founder of @WeStopHate, an organization that promotes the end to teen bullying. She was recently awarded a Nickelodeon Halo Award and some pretty sweet street cred from Ms. Lady Gaga herself. Thanks to people like Emily-Anne- we grow closer to ending teen suicide caused by bullying each day. Thank you Emily-Anne for taking this request of mine to write a love letter by storm.

You are all stellar. Prepare for this (times 12) in the next days ahead as we move into the 12 Days of Love Letter Writing.

-Hannah Katy

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A Testimony from Briana’s Letter Requester

“And then I open this envelope that is filled with these beautiful, incredible, heart-warming letters. I have never been so moved, uplifted, or touched before.” -Briana

Remember Briana? So many of you put your pens to paper and wrote her a love letter when she needed it the most. Her best friend Erin, the one who requested the love letter for Briana, writes a letter to let all of you know how much it helped. Want to be a part of this?? Simply sign up here.

Sitting here writing this, it suddenly hits me. Everything has come full circle.

I remember the first time I stumbled upon the More Love Letter project. I had been an avid reader of hannahkaty.com and craved more. I fell instantly in love with the idea of sending people love letters to help them through the difficult moments in their lives. I requested love letters for one of my good friends, Briana, and was so happy when she was chosen to receive a bundle of these letters.

I met Briana when I was in middle school, it has to be about seven or eight years ago, and I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t friends with this girl before. She has this infectious laugh and ginormous smile and, I swear, everyone in a ten foot radius stops what they’re doing just to get a glimpse at this girl. I never knew Briana that well until I started college. Our relationship was confined to Facebook because we were in two different towns, but every status update of hers saying things like “Need another job, I can’t afford groceries” had me worrying like a big mama bear. But, regardless of the trials, Briana was strong and able to figure things out on her own.

One day she told me that she looked up to me so much and I couldn’t believe her. Did she not see the mess that I was? Her life was a million times more difficult than mine and yet, she looks up to me. I started searching for a way to make Briana see that she is amazing and strong and she gives me so much hope in a world full of brokenness.

So I submitted her name to More Love Letters. I thought she’d just receive one letter from someone encouraging her to keep going, but instead she was chosen for the Love Letter Bundle! When I received that email from Hannah, I literally jumped up and screamed and started dancing! I couldn’t have asked for anything more for Briana.

Waiting for the bundle to be sent to Briana was awful, I just wanted Briana to have those letters in her hand as soon as possible, but God
works in mysterious ways.

On November 12, Briana sent me a message on Facebook saying that she came home crying today because she wasn’t going to have enough money to pay her rent and was losing steam. “And then I open this envelope that is filled with these beautiful, incredible, heart-warming letters. I have never been so moved, uplifted, or touched before.”

She was crying, I was crying, happy tears all around. Talking to her that night is one of the biggest highlights of
my year because I know that she needed those letters. She plans on reading them to her son once he’s born (which is very soon!!).

I think that the best thing that came out of this entire thing is that the first thing she wanted to do was write someone a love letter. She shared the website on her page and is doing a speech on the site for one of her classes. She whole-heartedly believes in More Love Letters in the same way I do.

It’s not that the letters heal you, they show you that you’re not alone, that you’re not struggling for nothing. And that is something so big that I can’t but help but want to be a part of it.

-Erin

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