Jessica's bundle - June 2015
I'm so amazed by what I've been reading. A few times after emptying my mail box, I've sat on the floor of my room crying both happy and sad tears. Happy tears were brought on by an overwhelming expression of love from strangers. I always knew we had it in us, but this is the most memorable time I've seen such love expressed. Sad tears sometimes snuck in as I read stories of people who could relate. Again, I knew the world was full of broken hearts, but man, do we really hurt. My favorite letters have been short and sweet, those from kids, and (my absolute favorites) the ones from 3 men imprisoned in Nevada. These were the most sincere, touching of them all. I plan on presenting Jessica with her bundle this weekend, when my family can celebrate a "We Love Jessica!" night and when I'm sure all the letters have come in. Again, thanks so much for making this happen. I know she will be so overwhelmed by grace.
Desiree - bundle facilitator
Meg's bundle - may 2015
Thank you so so so much for each and every individual who wrote Meg a letter. It was one of the the most awesome experiences ever! They all flooded my heart with joy and really inspired me. I even had to give a speech at school and showed the class all the letters and they were blown away as well. ( and since I was supposed to read all the letters to screen them I thought it'd be okay to pick out a letter to read to my class so I read Jane from Iowa's letter ❤). I look up to each and every one of you and I aspire to have a heart at least half the size of yours one day. We got around 260 letters and man I was just blown away! 260 individuals who took time out of their day to encourage Meg, to buy a stamp, to walk out to the mailbox. It may seem like a small act, but it really did leave a monumental impact upon myself and Meg. I am just in awe of every one of you. And shout out to Natalie from San Francisco who is 8, if you ever read this your letter truly touched our hearts. I love you. Meg loves you. And I hope you will "be a unicorn" too! Haha :) just thank you again to everyone. You are amazing and truly do make this world a better place.
-Laura (bundle facilitator)
Rowan's bundle - February 2015
To More Love Letters, and its community,
Back in February, I nominated my best friend Rowan to receive love letters from all over the globe. He was, and still is, in the process of coming out as transgender, and while it’s been a wonderful experience to witness him becoming the person he was always meant to be, it’s also been hard to watch him suffer. It’s not a secret that coming out can be a difficult journey, and while I won’t share the details of his, as they are his own, I will say I am incredibly proud of him and how much progress he’s made. None the less, I felt he needed more love and support than what myself and his friends/family could provide, so when he was selected to be on the website, and myself to receive them all, read through them, and present them to him. Due to a surprise eye surgery on my part, I ended up having to delay presenting them to him for quite some time. I couldn’t see enough to read for about a month, and I was only able to give them to him today. We got over 300 letters! So many people wrote, and a lot of them complimented his name. Many were from families and friends of transgender people, offering encouragement and advice.
When I did give them to Rowan, he was in shock. He told me he’s never had someone give him such an amazing gift before, and some tears were shed. I explained moreloveletters.com and what it was about, and I showed him a few of my favourites. I photographed these and I hope you enjoy them. I didn’t photograph the contents for obvious reasons. They aren’t mine to share. They belong to Rowan now.
Thank you all for your love and support. You’ve helped my closest friend move forward on his journey with a smile on his face, and nothing could make me happier.
Erin B (bundle facilitator)
Cam's bundle - May 2015
I gave Cam his bundles which totaled 512 letters!!!! He was stunned.I explained More Love Letters and that I had requested letters for him. I gave him a few and he looked at them, and thought they were neat. I then said, "Oh wait, there are a few more I forgot.." and I brought out the remaining 500 in 4 bundles.He said "A few?? A few more???"
He was SO thrilled!!!
I showed him that there were some from kids his age, some from other countries, and a story someone had written with him as the hero! There were 11 large envelopes containing 254 letters from school children from 4th grade thru high school. There was an envelope from China that said it was from the cursive club! I am still stunned by the kindness and love shown for Cam. I cried every time I opened and read them every day. What an amazing and beautiful thing you all have created. I have always loved this wonderful world and all the people in it, but this experience has reminded me how much Love there is available if we all share it.
Thank you for facilitating this experience for Cam. How could this not change his view of life?
Kari (Cam's grandmother and bundle facilitator)
Jessie's bundle - September 2014
I wanted to let you know that my sister, Jessie, loved her bundle of letters. Our family went through some very difficult months after your website posted the love letter request, so the timing was fortuitous. There were so many beautiful letters and unique notes. Thank you so much for this awesome connection.
Ellie and Jessie
Julie's bundle - April 2015
She loved them so much. It happened to be her birthday a couple of days before I gave her the letters and she said it was the best gift she could have ever imagined.
I want to thank every single person who wrote a letter to Julie. Over 275 letters passed through my mailbox - that is so crazy! It's amazing how insightful and kind people can be to a perfect stranger. The letters were filled to the brim with love and beauty. I was so grateful to be the one to collect the letters because it helped to remind me that I was not alone. Seeing Julie's reaction of joy upon receiving the bundle was simply amazing. Thank you so much for supporting her, caring for her, and loving her. I know I will never forget the beauty and wonder that is possible when people come together to spread love. Thank you.
Michelle (bundle facilitator)
Loan's bundle - April 2015
My mom received over 300 letters from lovely, kind, and encouraging people from all over the world. There were letters from Australia, South Africa, AND a adorable 3rd grade class. I'm just so grateful to everyone who wrote to my mom. My mom loved reading them and it has given her that extra push of encouragement as she undergoes a different form of chemotherapy called Blincyto, since both rounds didn't work for her. The look on my mom's face when she saw all of the letters is just something I'll never forget. She had been so down after learning that both rounds of chemotherapy were ineffective, but when she learned that she had such a huge and worldwide support system it only reminded her that good days are coming. My mom taught me how to dance in the rain, but I can't wait for the storm to pass. I am so thankful that More Love Letter's chose my mom for their recent letter bundle. Thank you again for all of the wonderful letters!
Sandra (Loan's daughter)
**Update on 6-192015** Loan is officially cancer free!!
Mari's bundle - March 2015
Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful letters I received. I learned by the letters that many people have been bullied and although it is not a good feeling when it happens, people have gotten through it. I also understood by the letters that people bully because they don't feel good about themselves. I am learning to love myself more and to be strong.
From Yolanda (facilitator):
I always tell people that youth these days have so much more to deal with than when my generation was growing up. Although bullying has always been around, it was not to the level that it is now where kids are committing suicide. It made me very sad to know that Mari was also a target. I did not want her to become another statistic. When I saw you on the Meredith Vieira show I immediately went to your website. When I learned that Mari was nominated, I could only cry but at the same time I was very excited for her.
Mari was absolutely overwhelmed as the letters began to pour in. She is still reading all the letters little by little but I have already noticed a difference even in both her posture and demeanor. I feel confident that Mari will make it through this and that she will not be broken!
Thank you so much for this wonderful service of support and love that you provide to others!
Mike's bundle - February 2015
I just wanted to follow up on the love letter bundle that was collected for my brother Mike. My plan was to mail the bundle out on March 27th, as he is several states away. I wanted to be sure I left enough time to collect any other letters that were in route after the deadline. Thursday night, the 26th, I bundled almost 300 letters and prepared them to send. Friday morning, my brother called me with news that our grandma passed away. She was an incredible, brave, kind woman who had a hand in raising all of her grandchildren. She was also my brothers best friend. As I was on the phone with family and online booking flights all while dealing with the pain and shock of losing someone I love, I thought of the letters. I was overwhelmed by the fact that even in the hardest of circumstances God still works things together for good. This meant I had the opportunity to deliver the letters in person. I packed my bag. In it, beside the outfit for the funeral and books to keep my mind occupied on the plane, were the letters. I thought of each one, laced with love and prayers. With hope sent from people all over the world. I thought of the healing that will wash over Mike as he reads letter after letter. Healing from the hurt of divorce and the immense pain he feels after saying goodbye to a woman we loved and admired for the span of our lives. I waited until the end of my trip to give him the letters. Right before I left his home to go to the airport I gave him the bundle. He didn’t have any words. He was overwhelmed by the fact that people took the time to send their love + light to a man they didn’t know.
This whole experience wrecked me. In the best way possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for orchestrating such a beautiful gift. Thank you for showing up. The team you have is amazing. I’m grateful for Hannah and her dream and all of you who make it happen every day.
Rachel's bundle - february 2015
I haven't even really started to read them yet and I am so overwhelmed. By relief, by awe, by sadness, by my dear sister, by sentiment, love, caring. I. Am overwhelmed by so much emotion and gratitude. Thank you so much.i just can't believe it. Can't. Keep up your amazing karma. Thank you thank you thank you. Yes, NYC is a beat down and so impressed that you channeled it so beautifully.
Dear More Love Letters Community,
I can't thank you enough for all your letters of love to my sister, Rachel. It was such a beautiful experience to receive all the amazing art and heart-felt words of encouragement on her behalf. The fact that this movement exists and that so many strangers would respond with overwhelming kindness to my sister's need affirms my faith in humanity. I received over a hundred letters before sending her bundle off. I expected no more than half that many. Well done love letter writers!
Upon receiving her bundle, my sister's exact words were "Almost no words- so overwhelmed. I can't believe that you did this for me or that I got picked. Thank you so much..." Over the next few days, as she worked her way through the letters, she continued to let me know how touched she was and how she couldn't believe that complete strangers would know about her and care enough to write.
This community outpouring of love and support gave her an amazing boost at a time when she really need it. Movements like this have the power to change so many lives and perhaps even the world.
In love and gratitude,
Jesse (bundle facilitator)
Karen's bundle - february 2015
I refer to myself as the "Keeper of the Box". I bought a cute keepsake box to store all my aunt's letters in until it was time to give them to her, and it would go along with the letters. I was stupid to think any box of any size could ever hold the amount of love this website allows people to receive. I have overflowed the box already and we still have a few days left to get letters sent. I have cried more times than I can count. I have sat in awe from all the places these people are sending letters from. I have written a few of my own now that I know what it can truly do for someone. I am not even the one getting these letters and I am astounded by them. I simply can not wait to hand these over and see the reaction. You all are truly wonderful people. The ones who organize this, the ones who are also the "keepers of the box", the people who take their time to share their stories, the ones who need this. I have never been so proud to be a member of a community as delightful as this one. I have given this website name to thousands of people. I shall continue to do it constantly. I love you. I love each and every single one of you for what you do. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I can not begin to express how much this means to us. To all of us. Thank you. And bless you.
Tristen (bundle facilitator)
Tonya's bundle - January 2015
In witnessing Tonya travel the last several months of grief, after losing her daughter, I think one of the things that has been reiterated to me is the feeling that grief can sometimes feel isolating. In some ways, people don’t always know how to love people who are going through such an immense loss. I think Tonya and her family have done a great job of connecting with other families who have gone through similar experiences, and although that provides relief and support, the grief continues. Since the journey with More Love Letters, I think one of the most profound parts of this process to me has been the fact that there are so many people in this world that genuinely want to care for one another. I couldn’t believe that I was receiving letters from all over America, and then also from Italy, England, Canada, and Australia. It was incredibly humbling to know that I am just one person who wants to care for people, but there are so many more. And many of those people were complete strangers. In a sense, they saw none of the personal investment or personal benefit that this had on Tonya’s family, and yet they still took the time to write a letter saying that there is someone out there who loves you, who cares for you and is rooting for you.
When we delivered the letters to Tonya, I think she was amazed at the amount of letters. This was also true for the rest of Tonya’s family. There were some letters that were directed to each member of the family specifically, and that was incredibly profound for Tonya’s other children, and her husband. Some of the letters came from people who had experienced deep and profound loss in their own lives, so they were able to speak from a place of understanding. Others just wanted to express their love and care for a complete stranger. Nonetheless, each letter was beautiful and completely moving.
I am so excited that I got to be a part of the process for More Love Letters and see just a glimpse of people’s capacity for love. I think in a world like ours, love is often overshadowed by the stories of pain and destruction that happens. Yet, for me personally, this organization reminded me that people desire outlets to show how much they care and love each other. Sometimes they just need a name, an address, and a letter, and it has the power to broaden perspectives on just how deep love can travel.
Kelsey's bundle - December 2014
My heart was so overwhelmed when I received all the letters for my friend, Kelsey. I had no idea what to expect when I submitted Kelsey’s story, and I was completely blown away by the letters that were coming daily. Long letters, short letters, store bought cards, homemade cards…they were all so different, but all filled with love. Genuine care and love for a person they’ve never met. Thank you so much to everyone who wrote to Kelsey during this difficult season of her life. Each letter has impacted her life significantly. Thank you MLL, for making all this possible. And thank you to anybody who has ever written to anybody through MLL. The love that is birthed from these letters is an amazing thing to witness.
jennifer's bundle - december 2014
Dear MLL Staff and all my Love Letter Writers,
It comes with misty eyes and a big heart of gratitude, that I thank you all for the kind words you took the time to write over the holidays. I know the season on its own can be busy, so it means all that much more that so many were able to take a moment to share kind words, prayers and support for my dear friend Jennifer. Christmas was truly hard for her and her husband. I have no doubt that the love and kindness you all shared through your letters will be treasured in the months to come, as I am sure there will be many more peaks and valleys to their grief yet. Thank you for taking the time to act selflessly and to uplift someone else. This program is made by its readers and writers, without all your support so many like Jennifer would not get that extra support and recognition that they need at the time most needed in their lives. Every letter counts and it all makes a HUGE impact!
Love and thanks,
miri's bundle - decebmer 2014
I cannot thank you enough for all of your help in setting everything up for Miri's bundle. There has been such an outpouring of loving, inspiring, and encouraging letters that have arrived from all over the world. This is an awe-inspiring community of letter writers and I feel truly privileged to find myself amongst so many brilliant people.
amanda's bundle - december 2014
Dear authors of love,
It is a wondrous thing, the kindness of people. For you to take time out of your day to send my dear friend Amanda such heartfelt letters of joy and life, then to take that letter to the post office and stick a stamp on that letter (in some cases many stamps!) is a beautiful and selfless thing. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your words of encouragement, I know they will mean a great deal to her. Unfortunately I will not be there to deliver the letters in person to my friend because we live continents apart, but I can imagine the surprise and laughter on her face as she opens each letter, her eyes lighting up with tears of happiness. That is all because of you.
Lillian's bundle - November 2014
Unfortunately Lillian passed away on Wednesday afternoon, just one week before her 100th birthday. Her daughter Janet and son-in-law Fred were with her. She passed peacefully.
Her funeral and celebration of her life is 12/27. I am bringing all of the letters with me so my mom, aunt, family members and friends can read them and see how her story touched others.
Thank you for the campaign. I think it will be successful in a different way: it will help a grieving family know they are loved too.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you,
hunter's bundle - september 2014
I can't even begin to describe the pure joy this experience has been but I'm going to try. Me along with my family were absolutely blown away by the response Hunter's Bundle received. In the end, over 150 letters were mailed from all over the world to our home for Hunter. These letters from complete strangers were filled with so much love, so much hope and such kind words. Numerous of the letters brought me to tears while reading them because of how spot on they were with the wonderful things Hunter needs to hear and be reminded of. My entire family was just astounded by the sheer number of strangers who would be willing to take time out of their life to do such a generous and meaningful thing for someone they don't even know. MLL is a truly amazing endeavor and we were so very blessed to be a part of it! Thank you for creating something the world needs desperately.
molly's bundle - september 2014
Dear Letter Writers for Molly’s Bundle,
Thank you for each letter, for each quote, for each shared experience. Thank you for every word of encouragement that you each offered so selflessly. The authenticity of everyone’s positive intention to help a complete stranger on her life’s path was nothing short of amazing to witness as my mailbox filled each day. I am deeply grateful to each of you who took time to give of yourselves in such a beautiful and meaningful way.
This will be a truly special gift to give to Molly this Christmas - the first time she celebrates the holiday without her mom. Please know that you have made a huge difference in the life of a budding individual. Having the world cheering her on and believing in her is something I never thought could be bundled up and delivered – but you have all proved me wrong. Thank you immeasurably.
With gratitude, love, and admiration,
cecilia's bundle - august 2014
There are no adequate amount of words to convey my gratitude towards all those who contributed to Cecilia’s love bundles. We received letters from 48 states and 12 different countries, all sealed with love and support for my sweet sister. I have cried over the heartfelt letters and ooh and ahh’ed over the pretty little doodles and drawings… and I cannot wait for Cecilia to do the same! We have planned a trip to her treatment center for the weekend where we will pass along the love bundle and I just know it will mean the world to her. Thank you, More Love Letters, for making this all positive and putting a little more sunshine into my family’s life for the past two weeks (and I am sure it will keep us smiling for a long while!). I am simply awed at the generosity and kindness of strangers
brad's bundle - july 2014
Dear MLL crew and community,
From the bottom of my heart—thank you! Thank you for making the Love Letter Bundle to my cousin Brad possible. 164 LETTERS later... and my mind is blown. 164 letters of encouragement, kind words, funny thoughts—pure love. After receiving all of the letters, I surprised my aunt and told her what I was doing. I wanted her, my uncle and myself to jointly go through the letters because they know Brad best. She was overwhelmed, and tears filled her eyes
as she read through every last letter. She kept repeating how touched she was that strangers from around the world were able and willing to write to Brad when they didn’t know him personally. It was honestly amazing. Some people wrote five pages, some people wrote five lines. Some sent
the wittiest jokes we had ever heard, some drew a picture that simply made us smile. But they were ALL one of a kind The More Love Letters mission has touched my heart, it has touched my family, and I know that it will touch Brad! I wish (and so does my aunt) that I could respond to every single person who
took the time to write to Brad to let them know how sincerely grateful I am for their kind hearts. With all the bad that seems to encompass the world today... there is still so much good. Every single member of the MLL crew and every single individual in the MLL community brings much
needed love and light into this world, and you should all have big, bright smiles on your faces knowing that you do!
I can’t stress what an impeccable experience it was being a Love Letter Bundle facilitator. Brad is an amazing person, but all of YOU are, too! My heart is happy and filled with gratitude.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
Hugs and warm wishes from Texas,
john's bundle - april 2014
I would like to start by saying that I will be forever grateful to my wife Megan for nominating me. I received well over 100 letters and cards. I'm not a man that cries very often, but the outpouring of love and support during this difficult transition in my life brought me to tears. It also propelled me forward and it will never be forgotten. Thank you for what you do. Through you, I have been helped tremendously. I have started to give back by writing to your current nominees.
tim's bundle - march 2014
An update from on the beautiful letters we are receiving for Tim. Since the letters started arriving, we have a new bedtime tradition: we place our son to bed and we head to the kitchen table, where we open the letters together; I open the envelopes and place them aside for address confidentiality, proofread the letter, than hand it to Tim. After it, we have a wonderful conversation about sobriety, gratitude, and joy.
He has been amazed by the support, encouragement and love present in these letters. It has been so beautiful to watch. Thank you for providing this opportunity and this experience for our family. Words are too small to describe my gratitude and love.
kitty's bundle - december 2013
Dear MLL Community,
Words fail me when I think about what the letters you wrote to my best friend mean to her-- and to me. 185 letters from all over the United States, plus Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden and Australia expressed encouragement and inspiration lovingly, creatively and powerfully. Reading through them in order to screen them, I myself experienced the very unexpected bonus of being uplifted, touched and fortified by the love of strangers.
Today I got together with Kitty, explained what moreloveletters.com is, and shared that not only was she selected, but she was picked to be part of the largest MLL campaign of the year. I reached into my bag and took out a huge bundle of letters. She cried. I reached into my bag again-- a second huge bundle. She was shocked. I reached into my bag a third time and brought out the final bundle (the bundle had been too big for me to tie all together-- they kept sliding around like an avalanche!). She was beyond words. We were both crying. She just couldn't believe that other people could care enough about her to do this.
She immediately read a couple of the letters-- more tears. If she wanted to, Kitty has enough letters to read one a day for six months.
More Love Letters: You picking Kitty, and the world responding with such open-handed love, was a game changer for her. It was a life altering event to receive the boundless, generous love of strangers in a medium that she will be able to keep and re-read forever. Each letter accurately called Kitty an inspiration, a role model, a woman devoted to her own destiny against all odds. This is what she is. And now that Kitty has 185 mirrors in which to see herself as she really is, I think she just might start believing it!
Your gift to her was a gift to me, too. I will never be able to thank you enough. Both Kitty and I plan to pay it forward with love letters to others. I think that's all we can do in the face of such generosity.
leona's bundle - december 2013
Today [Christmas] was really difficult for Grandma Leona. It was hard for her to wake up knowing today was going to be a long one for her. I went in with all the letters wrapped and bound with twine. She absolutely loved it. She just couldn't believe so many kind-heart'd strangers took the time to write and show her so much support and love. She needed it--it made her day so much better. [With her hearing loss] the cool thing about letters is you don't need to be able to hear to appreciate them. From the bottom of my heart. Thank. You. Each and every one of you. My grandma sat in her chair and quietly read each and every one of the letters. She slowly drove her walker into the kitchen and said words [through happy tears] that will make this Christmas one of my favorites: "I am going to read each of these again before I go to bed. And I'm going to stick around awhile."
I know the only way I can truly thank you is to continue leaving letters for others to stumble upon--especially now since I know first hand how much the written word can be just the right therapy someone needs. But thank you again. Keep doing what you're doing. You're so inspiring and everything incredible.
All the best to you,
val's bundle - november 2013
Dear Love Letter Writers,
Thank you. Over 90 of you mailed a letter to my house, thoroughly confusing my house-mates in the best of ways. Each of your letters, whether long or short, was beautiful, and reading them was a very positive way for me to spend some time when I got home from work. The knowledge that there are people out there so willing to take a few moments to write, stamp, and send a letter to a perfect stranger is simply astonishing, especially since I have a hard time just doing that for friends. Many of your letters touched me, and even better, they've touched Val. I recently gave her the bundle, and at first she couldn't believe it. She told me that this means more to her than she can even say, and I know that each of your words will speak to her in a very deep, and possibly life-altering way. Your positive words are contagious, and deeply appreciate. So, my dear love letter writers, thank you for your time, words, and thoughts. They do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Evie's bundle - August 2013
I don't quite know where to start with this, I'm still so overwhelmed by all the generous, caring and loving people who have sent me such amazing letters through moreloveletters.com. I could not have been more surprised when my absolutely gorgeous best friend Imogen handed me a bundle of letters one evening. I didn't understand what was going on at first but as I opened each one and read the beautiful, inspiring words of people from all over the world: the USA, Israel, Sweden, Australia, Germany and many more, I could hardly contain my emotions.
My life has been incredible but with the passing of my dad and my mum being ill now also, I do get really down sometimes and I start to struggle and find it hard to pick myself back up again. However, now I have these beautiful letters I can go on with confidence that others have been through it too, I have people who will support me and that I am not alone. I cannot describe how much this has meant to me and I want to thank the amazing moreloveletters.com and every single gorgeous person who took the time to write to me, you've brought me so much happiness and hope and I love you.
ariana's bundle - July 2013
Thank you so much to everyone who wrote to me. I was so surprised when my sister and mom presented me with the basket of letters. It still seems very surreal to me how I received an overwhelming amount of love from strangers all over the world. It truly brightened up my life. I even heard from other people with Lyme. Each letter touched my heart so much, we must have gone through a box of tissues while reading them all. I will treasure them and keep them in a safe place for me to read whenever I need to hear those words of encouragement and love again. Our family has been so touched by the outpouring of love that arrived at our door and we look forward to paying it forward by writing our own love letters to those who need a little light in their lives.