Petra's bundle - The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing - December 2015
Dear lovely letter writers,
I gave the letters to my mom on Sylvester. I formed a huge heart out of them and put some small candles in it.
For a moment my mom just stood there, staring at the letters, covering her mouth with a hand. When I told her about MoreLoveLetters.com and your community she would not believe me. She cried a lot of times because she was deeply touched by the warm wishes of strangers that she had never met before but still would take the immense time to write to her.
Everytime I was reading a letter to her (because I translated them) she shook her head in disbelief. However, at the same time she almost always smiled! :)
I was really happy that I saw a true smile on her face again! I had waited for so long for it to come back.
We have been reading the letters every day, there are still coming some our ways even now. And now she can smile and sometimes even laugh from the bottom of heart again!
I'd love to let all of the love letter writers know that even with words how small or long they may ever be, written or spoken, you can change the life of somebody else! Some wrote that they were not sure their letters could change anything - and it is true that my mom herself has to take the steps towards a new life - but EVERY SINGLE LETTER brought about a change in one way or another! You CAN change a person with letters!
My mom feels really loved and with every single word this feeling just increased. No matter how small the word was.
That is why I want to thank all of you! A million times! You are truly amazing! I love you all!! ♥
My mum and I want to say to you:
We are grateful for each one of you! For your existence and your love, your encouragement and your devotion, your sketched hearts and drawn smilies, for trying out new fonts and german slang vocabulary, for doing lovely handicrafts and fabulous collages!
My mom and I truly love every single letter and word you guys have written!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ♥
I, too, will continue to spread more love letters! Because the world truly needs them, more than ever!
We also received a kind message from Petra herself. She wrote it in German and her daughter was kind enough to translate it into English for us.
Liebe Freunde von Loveletters,
dank euch und meiner Tochter Maria hatte ich den schönsten Jahreswechsel meines Lebens. Am letzten Tag des alten Jahres empfing ich ein riesengroßes Herz mit euren herzlichen und wunderbar gestalteten Briefen aus aller Welt. Strahlend und begeistert las mir Maria eure Worte der Ermutigung, eigenen Erfahrungen und des Beistandes vor. Ich bin tief berührt und fühle mich reich beschenkt, mit einem Schatz, der mich mein weiteres Leben immer wieder begleiten wird. Lieben Dank! - Wenn ich diese Geschichte erzähle, weckt sie nicht selten ein tiefes Mitgefühl der Rührung, ein Glitzern in den Augenwinkeln. –
Wie schön ist unsere Welt, sie hat echte Liebebriefschreiber!
Herzlichst eure Petra mit Maria
Dear loveletter friends,
thanks to you and my daughter Maria, I had the most beautiful turn of the year in my life. On the last day of the old year, I received a gigantic heart filled with all your sincere and wonderful decorated and designed letters from all over the world. Beaming with a smile and delighted, Maria read your words of encouragment, own experiences and succor to me. I am deeply touched and feel myself to be richly endowed with a treasure that will accompany me for the rest of my life.
A heartfelt thank you!
- When I tell this story to others, it prompts not seldom a deep feeling of affection, a glitter in the corner of the eyes. -
How beautiful is our world, she has true love letter writers!
Petra (with Maria)
Kim's bundle - October 2015
I think in a way More Love Letters saved my mom. I requested that she get letters in October and in 2 weeks we got over 400 letters...let that sink in. I know that if I even get one letter my whole day turns around so it's safe to say that hundreds of letters could turn anyones life around, and I think that is definitely true for my mom. I can't express how trying these last few years have been, as written in the request, she had to hold our entire family on her shoulders and I think after time they became so frail she couldn't lift herself up. The minute I gave my mom the letters I saw something in her face change, she was so intrigued and inspired by the kind words that people from all over the world sent her, from classrooms of students, to men, women and children of all ages. It's amazing the unwavering generosity that people have in their hearts, in a world that can be so scary and testing I think it's important that communities continue to lift one another up because we are all people and sometimes we just need to be reminded of that. I want to thank the MLL community for not only restoring the faith in my moms heart but also for bandaging the doubts and troubles that she had to endure for too long. I know the letters were written to my mom but she radiates every line she reads and that has ultimately cured our families in ways that words could never say. I hope that anyone whoever receives letters from MLL continues to remember the amazing impact it can have on the heart and just how one line can resonate through communities. Again, thank you for your generosity, my mom will continue to read every letter over time, they have become a keepsake within her healing and I could never thank you enough for that.
- Samantha (bundle facilitator)
Artie's bundle - September 2015
In September, my friend Artie was chosen to receive a More Love Letters bundle. At the time, he was 3 months into a long recovery from a spinal cord injury. This whole experience was the greatest gift. I could never have predicted that it would be so life-changing and soul-filling.
Across the world, 241 people took the time to read Artie’s story, buy or make a card, write a message of hope, and send it in an envelope with a colorful stamp. How amazing is that? If I ever travel to Queensland, Australia, or Alberta, Canada, or Mountain, North Dakota, I will look at every person and wonder-did they send a love letter?
Many letters were from people with personal experience with disabilities. Some survived their own spinal cord injuries. Others work as therapists or nurses. Some have family members—aunts, cousins, nieces, sons—who experienced similar injuries. The letter writers offered advice, encouragement, and described how their life paths have been altered, but also how they draw new meaning from every day. Every story was treasured.
When letters arrived, I added the cities and states to an online map. The United States appears to be liberally covered in red dots. 42 US states and territories and 5 countries are represented. Every point on the map represents at least one kind soul who sent love to Artie when he needed it. Every dot is a beacon of light shining in the darkness. A hand reaching out in solidarity. A person to cheer Artie on as he learned to walk again.
When I brought the first bundle to Artie, he was excited to look at all the return addresses and see how far the letters had traveled. We enjoyed seeing the different colorful stamps and talking about the stories we read.
I am pleased to report that with a lot of hard work, and the support of family, friends, and 241 strangers, Artie was able to walk in to 2016. He moved from using a wheelchair, to walking with a walker, to using a single crutch. He has made a remarkable recovery! He would like to say thanks to every person who wrote to him. We also want to thank Hannah for starting it all, and Laura and the MLL team for helping facilitate this process.
A 16-year-old named Liv wrote that her brother told her that if you send hope out in to the world, you get hope back. I know this to be true. My heart is full of hope. My faith in God and humanity has certainly been restored.
Thank you all!
Katie V. (bundle coordinator)
Look at this map to see where all of the letters for Artie's bundle were sent from! http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=1628749&x=-107.999924&y=27.188211&z=16
Kevin's bundle - December 2015
What an amazing experience it has been to be the facilitator of Kevin’s Bundle. This process has allowed me to experience so many wonderful emotions this holiday season (even before I presented Kevin with his bundle!) Each day thoughtful, colorful, beautiful envelopes arrived at my door offering the most sincere sentiments, the most brutally honest truths, the most heart touching words, all from complete strangers. All I kept thinking was, “how can these people know the exact right words to say?” It was especially important for me to have those perfect words to offer Kevin, because I couldn’t come up with them myself.
The More Love Letters Community has got to be the most selfless and kind-hearted community out there. The amount of detail and love that was put into every single letter was wildly apparent. I prepped for this journey by purchasing a beautiful photo box, I thought, this is a place Kevin could store and keep the letters so he could re-read them throughout the years, but come the second week of receiving Kevin’s Bundle I realized that this small photo box could never hold the immense outpouring of love. I upgraded to using a large basket to store these beautiful scribes of support.
I delivered Kevin’s bundle the week between Christmas and New Year’s. He welcomed me in, with a big hug like always, and asked “what the heck is that?” upon noticing the large basket full of notes. I gave my best explanation of the More Love Letters Community and handed him his story that was posted on the website. Kevin kept shaking his head in disbelief as a big grin spread across his face. He picked a few letters out of the basket for us to read together, and the first one just happened to be from someone who had also lost a loved one to a brain aneurysm, we hugged again. He said this was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for him, with the exception of something his girlfriend did before she passed, and he would show that to me someday, when he is ready. Kevin isn’t the type of person who ever expects anything from anyone else, so this outpouring of love was as unexpected as it was wonderful. Being on the receiving end of this beautiful process, I can say without a doubt, that the love spent writing these letters multiples by 100 as they make their way through the mail. Your prayers and support have been received, and they mean more than you will ever know. Thank you so very much for your support!
All of my best,
Kayla (bundle facilitator)
Anistazia's bundle - December 2015
We received 376 letters from every state in the United States except for Wyoming. We even received letters internationally from Italy and Ireland. I presented her with them on Christmas day. It was so funny when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas earlier in the month she was adamant about us not getting her anything for Christmas. She said there was nothing she needed and nothing she wanted and wanted me to buy a present for her great-grandchildren instead. So when I walked in the room with a package she gave me eyes that could kill. When I assured her I didn't purchase her anything and she opened it up she was completely moved to tears as was I. She was so humbled by the letters. She didn't feel worthy of receiving such a priceless gift. She doesn't see herself the way I see her or the way the world sees her which is a rare and beautiful gem. This Christmas was the most memorable for both of us. I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity words will never be able to express all the gratitude I have. I have witnessed love in its purest form, my faith in humanity is restored and although I had a positive outlook to begin with I have a whole new outlook on life.
- Taylor (bundle facilitator and Anistazia's granddaughter)
Also check out a video Taylor made! https://youtu.be/XzItmsy4wr4
Isabella's bundle - november 2015
Dear More Love Letters Community,
Thank you for being in existence. After two months of receiving letters from around the world (U.S.A., South Korea, Australia, Canada, and the UK) I was able to send Isabella 475 handwritten and loving letters. Isabella texted me when she got them and said she was overwhelmed with "happiness and awe".
Sometimes I would hit a wall when reviewing each letter. Exhaustion crept in and tricked me out of putting forth effort. Eventually, I got over myself. I thought about much Isabella was going through. The mornings when she felt nauseous, the doctor visits, and all of the pain that comes along with having bone cancer. When I thought about her, everything changed. Reading the letters became an act of love. Each letter took me further and further on an emotional journey of thinking about my friend who lives 3,000 miles away.
I am glad I did this project. When Isabella notified me that she got the bundle, I told her "Of course I'd do this for you, you mean the world to me and have shown me nothing but genuine kindness since we've known each other." I don't know what the future holds for Isabella. Can any of us say what tomorrow will bring? What I do know is power of an anonymous community of people who come together to bring joy to the lives of others by writing and mailing love letters. I'm forever grateful for each person that ever takes the time to send a loving message. Each of you means them means the world to someone. And for this project, you have meant the world to Isabella.
Carmel & Rich's bundle - August 2015
On October 29 my partner and I presented my parents the love letter bundles on their 37th wedding anniversary. They sat side by side on the couch each with a bundle of letters in their lap and listened as I read 25-30 of them out loud. It was fun to see how they each received the letters. My father thumbed through them looking at the post marks and return addresses with fascination, while my mother just sat and received it all. They both kept saying, "These people took the time to do this for us." They were very moved, inspired and felt very loved.
At one point my father said "Maybe we have inspired someone." To that I replied, "Dad, you definitely inspired people. They say so again and again." And then he said, "But maybe someone was contemplating divorce and they read our story and decided otherwise." ;) Needless to say, the letters impacted my parents on a very deep level, one that they may not ever fully ever understand. It runs so deep. It was such a blessing to be a part of this very special gift. Thank you to all of you and to your amazingly devoted writers. The letters were funny, thoughtful, artistic, mindful and just plain kind. Seeing so many people's heart's on the page was a truly amazing experience- one that both myself, my partner and my parents will hold dear to our hearts for as long as we live.
But that's not it! The other night I told one of my close friends the story and she was so inspired that the very next day she and a friend got on their bikes with a ton of red balloons with sweet messages written on them and "love bombed" people. I was one of them. And the ripple effect of love continues....
- Brittany (daughter & bundle facilitator)
Allie's bundle - October 2015
Allie has given me permission to share this with you as her testimony. It brings me to tears to see how much the letters have helped her! She said she stayed up late into the night and cried and laughed, and read all 353 of them in 2 days. She couldn't stop. Allie told me thank you a dozen times and said it was one of the greatest experiences of her life and one of the best things that has ever happened to her! I have not heard her so happy in years! She has been busy every since compiling the letters in binders and sheet protectors. She said she will keep them forever and she re-reads a few every day now.
THEN! TWO DAYS AFTER GETTING HER LOVE LETTERS, she was still thinking of how amazingly loving and kind people were to her. She was so touched by ALL OF THE FOLKS WHO WROTE TO HER, she decided she would take 1 step down her street for each letter she received. This is something her therapist has been encouraging her to do for a year now (take a walk down her block), but Allie couldn't get the nerve. That day, she put my granddaughter in her stroller, and thought of everyone who wrote her, and had faith in her, and believed in her and she wanted to find a way to say THANK YOU to all of them...and so she committed to take a step for each person who wrote her and she walked 353 steps down her street and back!!!!!!!!! THIS IS AMAZING! I AM BEYOND THRILLED. It is something like a miracle that she did this. She said that she did it because she was able to focus on how good people are, and what a beautiful world it is and she felt like she was totally safe walking down the street with 353 ANGELS beside her.
Allie has been agoraphobic for the past 7 years. LOVE LETTERS CHANGE LIVES. They certainly changed ours and we will NEVER ever forget this experience.
PLEASE THANK EVERYONE FOR US. Please tell them of Allie's gratitude and the many steps she took for each of them to express her LOVE and THANKS to those who filled our mailbox and our hearts.
Our Deepest Appreciation and JOY!
Kimberly and Allie
Joy's bundle - June 2015
Dear MoreLoveLetters Writers,
Congratulations! You guys have done it again! :D months and months and months ago, I wrote you about my friend Joy. She had once submitted my name for letters to help me through a dark and painful time. When her life was shaken a with the discovery of a devastating medical condition I decided to return the gift of hope, kindness and love that you guys give through your letters. And OMG, you came through!! Over 200 hundred letters came in expressing support- Alaska, Texas, Maine, you name it. Letters even came from as far away as Macau and Ireland!
Distance and happenstance kept me from being able to give them to her. Trips were planned, then cancelled at the last minute. But finally, the PERFECT time occurred over Thanksgiving, right when she was feeling very, very alone in the world, facing a difficult move. I made a special trip to spend the holiday with her and to help which made things easier for her, but when I gave her a nondescript cardboard to open and she found all those amazing letters she was stunned (and yes that involved lots and lots of hapy tears), because she never in a million years expected to be nominated. Because she had no idea that all this time she was feeling so alone there was really all this love in the world for her and because there is just so much kindness in the world that we never realize.
She thanked me over and over for doing this for her and I just want to thank you all a million times over for showing such a dear and loving person the love she deserves. You guys are awesome!!!
Leslie G :)
Evie's bundle - September 2015
In late September I received a few letters, well way over 200 actually, from all over the world including the USA, Australia, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Singapore and Aruba! I would just like to say thank you to everyone who wrote to me and I wish I could write back to all of you or give you all a hug. I feel like, as one person put it in their letter, that I have a couple of hundred people rooting for me on from all corners of the world.
If anything, all these letters have reminded me that there are so many lovely and kind people out there. I'm still overwhelmed by how many strangers took the time out of their days to write to me to try and cheer me up. People do care and they do understand and they don't even know me. I am touched by the creativity, uniqueness and beauty of the handmade cards, even the handwriting, I read most of them through teary eyes.
I have social anxiety and it can feel really lonely so thanks to everyone who made it less so.
Laura's bundle - September 2015
Here are pictures of my mom's bundle. I got our family, friends and neighbors (and even our sweet mail lady joined in, which surprised us!) to write letters too, as part of a smaller separate bundle that I put in a different box, to tell mom about their favorite memories with her.
But MLL... I am in total awe of this community. I am humbled. I am grateful. I have been crying for a month straight over your incredible kindness and sincerity. You have filled up my soul to the point of overflowing. And I love you. I've written letters to other people's bundles many times, but being on the receiving end of the letters has been an indescribable experience, and after 200+ beautiful cards, notes, and artworks, I hardly know what to say! How can I ever thank you for the pure happiness and hope you have brought to my mom?? How can I thank you for filling so many of the holes in her heart? The smile on her face when she's sitting down in the evenings reading your letters is a smile I have not seen in years. You've made her laugh and cry, you've uplifted her... And you've given her something that I am not able to offer her, which is the comfort of truly knowing that she is not alone in her situation, and the faith that she is going to be okay. Thank you for helping me make her understand how important she is. You are angels.
-Carrie (Laura's daughter and letter facilitator)
Shweta's bundle - August 2015
To all the people who took the time to write with such incredible compassion: Your support and encouragement has helped her resist temptation to indulge in foods outside of her body building diet. It has helped her stay determined when she was so exhausted she couldn't imagine doing another forty minutes of cardio. It has helped her get up every morning and hit the gym, when her body ached so badly from the previous day's workouts that she could hardly move. She has completely transformed herself over the past year two years, and more over the last 2 months than at any point in that timeframe. Far more than the physical, though, is the mental and emotional changes. Shweta's mindset has become so much stronger - her will, her confidence, her belief in herself - all these things have blossomed as a result of your belief in her, your encouragement to stay strong and focus on her inner light and realize that she is already the beautiful woman she wants to be. She has been all along. Life is growth, and learning, and I believe this is a never ending exploration. We're all walking it together. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping my wife set her feet on the right path. I know that together, this journey will be wonderful.
Sincerely, Ian (Shweta's husband and love letter facilitator)
Sophia's bundle - august 2015
This past month letters have been pouring into our mailbox and all the letters were so sincere and brought me to tears. It was amazing to see how many people took the time to write a love letter to stranger. It reminds you of all the good left in the world. These people who have never met my sister wrote messages that my sister needed to hear all along. When my sister saw the amount of letters she received she was moved to tears, and reading them was life changing. She told me that she will read a letter every single day this year and that she thought this was the most amazing thing ever! I told her that I was planning on starting a chapter at my school and she decided that she wanted to do the same. We received so many letters that the cabinet we were storing them in began to overflow, and we could just barely fit them into the box we presented them to her in. She was so touched and moved by her box filled with letters of love and plans on keeping them for he rest of her life.
- Alyson (bundle facilitator)
Morgan's bundle - July 2015
Hello MLL! What an amazing, life changing experience. My bundle consisted of over 450 love letters! My mom handed me a box, and explained to me that people from all over the world wrote me letters to tell me how loved, and important I am. She told me that these were only the first100 letters out of my bundle, and that more letters keep coming in every day. Before I even opened a letter I was in tears, and my mom was too. Happy tears of course! It amazes me, and warms my heart to know how loving, and kind strangers from all over the world can be. I wish I could personally thank every single person who contributed to my bundle. I am trying to read them slowly because each and every letter means so much to me. I read four letters every night. I also take one or two letters to school with me and read them when I have a spare moment. I was really dreading going to back to school and didn't want to at all, but I am getting through it and even found out that I will be able to graduate early! Hallelujah! I can’t wait to share my experience with others. I truly believe I am not alone, and my faith in humanity has been restored to say the least. I hope that one day I can change someone’s life just like the people of MLL do every day. Now that I know about MLL I enjoy writing letters to the four individuals who were handpicked by MLL as well as planting love notes around for people to find. I cannot thank you enough for adding an endless amount of joy, and love to my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! - Morgan
Alvin's bundle - June 2015
I just wanted to let you know we had Alvin's birthday yesterday. It ended up being a great day for him even though he had been blue because the anniversary date of his disability is coming up in less than two weeks.
He was totally overwhelmed in the best way when I spread all the loveletters out in front of him. He couldn't believe so many people from so many places would take the time to write and support him. He said, "This is just awesome!" He said it was probably the very best gift he received(and he loved all his presents). His plan is to read one letter each day to spread the joy out as long as possible. When I suggested we write our own loveletter(s) to others to pay the kindness forward, he was all in. I wish you and every writer could have seen the happiness the letters brought him. This is what it is all about! I knew he would be grateful but I didn't realize just how much so. It really did feel like he received an infusion of love. Just what the dr. ordered!
Linda P. (bundle facilitator)
Andre's bundle - July 2015
We have been blown away from the global response to Andre’s bundle – and our call for encouraging words of support. Our son received 201 letters after our final count, three weeks proceeding the last mail closure date. We are completely lost for words. We in no way expected to receive such an out pouring of heartfelt support, love, compassion and inspiration from so many truly remarkable people from across the globe. Letters came flooding in from right across the USA and from every corner of the world including Canada, Vietnam, Singapore, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, HolLand, New Zealand, Brazil, Ireland, Uk, Scotland and of-course our treasured home country Australia. So many amazing and very talented, caring people of all ages and all walks of life shared their stories with Andre and showed all of us that there is much hope for his future – good things just take time. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My husband and I realised that the letters were as much for us as they were for Andre. They showed us as parents to keep believing in the 'more beautiful life that our hearts desire for our son' – and we know he will find his self-compassion, self-love and purpose again, and that his days of darkness are coming to an end. Our faith has been renewed, because of all you out there who were able to show us the light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.
As for Andre, he was so overwhelmed when he received the bundle of letters, he quite simply didn’t know what to make of it. Of-course he first couldn’t believe that his mum would put a letter request up on moreloveletters, let alone so many people in the world would show him that they care and that there is a place for him somewhere out there, just waiting for him to fill it. These beautiful letters are slowly chipping away at his low self-esteem and even though he has only been in possession of the letters for a short while, we can see a shift in him already. Your words have touched him deep and he is building up the courage to read more letters each day. We told Andre that there is no rush, as each letter is precious and has a very specific message for him to hear, as he is ready to read each one. He has placed many of them up on his bedroom wall as a visual reminder that he is worthy and good enough.
We are so blessed and grateful that more love letters came into our lives.
With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,
Sam and Josie B.
And now a message from Andre -
Thank you to all the people out there who see potential in me. Even though I have a hard time excepting myself at the moment, I hope to eventually find my place in the world. I am finding it hard to express my feelings right now, so I’ll end with just saying a big THANK YOU for writing the letters.
Mary's bundle - May 2015
I gave Mary her letters tonight and it is an understatement to say she was blown away. She was so incredibly grateful and couldn't believe that so many people from all around the world had taken the time to write her a letter. She received 112 letters in total from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands. She says reading the ones she has read so far put her in "the best mood" and they will be a hugely helpful pick me up when she gets down. She could not get over how nice and thoughtful people were in writing, and I think it was especially important for her to experience after developing a somewhat pessimistic attitude about humanity after the sandy hook tragedy. Mary had never heard of More Love Letters, but now she can't wait to write letters to others so they can experience what she did in receiving them. Thank you so much for giving Mary this amazing gift.
P.S. Mary went home to Sandy Hook and shared the letters with her family and neighbors. This community has been through so much hurt and pain and I'm so thankful that More Love Letters could bring them joy :)
- Laura (bundle facilitator)
Victoria's bundle - February 2015
Victoria received well over 500 letters from people all over the world and was so touched and thankful. She was so surprised when I presented the letters to her and could not wrap her mind around the fact that so many complete strangers could love her so deeply and sincerely care about what she has been going through. She wants everyone to know that they have had an enormous impact on her life and she will forever be grateful for that. Victoria since has had a much more positive outlook on everything from her skin condition to her school life. She plans on hanging the letters up in her room so she is always reminded how love she really is.
Thank you so much for this opportunity and all that you do to encourage others.
David's bundle - June 2015
I'd like to say a final thank you to More Love Letters and every single person who wrote a letter to my uncle David.
I'm getting all teary just writing this, it has been such a wonderful experience. It felt like christmas everyday checking the mail box for letters!
The final count was 93, and they were all so beautiful!
Saturday we had a small family get together, I gave him the bundle and explained that people all around the world were thinking of him. He stared at the box for awhile speechless, he opened it and looked at each single letter, reading where they were from and taking it all in, he cried, and I cried and my aunties cried lol. But it was a really happy cry.
We camped overnight and shared stories and laughed and in the morning we gathered for breakfast, uncle David picked out a letter for everyone and we all took a turn reading ours out loud.
The letters touched everyone's hearts, they made us laugh and cry and just fit in the perfect place in our hearts.
He is in major surgery as I'm writing this, it will be a very hard day for everyone. If everything goes successfully (which i'm confident it will) he will be in the hospital for about a month and then I suppose it's up to God what happens after that, I really think that having these letters on his table will be a positive influence in his recovery.
He also plans to continue his mission work in Rwanda, Mexico and the Congo- Building hospitals and pig farms to create a more sustainable community.
I feel really hopeful that everything will be okay. I can't express my thanks!
Hunter's bundle - May 2015
I just want to say thank you a million times over for allowing this opportunity to happen. Hunter received 320 beautiful, encouraging, inspiring and uplifting handwritten letters. To see his face when he got them, you could just see him light up. It definitely helped put a pep in his step. He has still not found a job but he is out there trying, and I think all the encouragement from complete strangers definitely helped. He hung up all the art work he received on his wall. He called the letters his "fan mail". It also encouraged me. To see such complete acts of kindness from total strangers. It touched me and made me realize how much good is in this world. You guys are amazing!
Olivia (bundle facilitator)
Rosaleen's bundle - May 2015
Hello MLL! We received over 100 letters from around the world for Rosaleen's bundle! The beauty, creativity, and pure goodness that came with each letter was overwhelming. Although Rosaleen and her family are still without her husband's letters, you all have helped ease that pain with your outpourings of love. Thank you from the bottom of this stranger's heart. I truly feel like a wrong has righted. All my love
Kaitlin (bundle facilitator)
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.