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2013, March 20

Dear Self, follow your own yellow brick road

A couple of weeks ago, after reading the March Love Letter Requests over and over, I felt at a loss for words. I couldn’t figure out what to write to each person. I nearly gave up on writing anything at all. So I sat down to watch an episode of “Pretty Little Liars.”

About halfway through, I paused it, grabbed a pen and started scribbling. I wrote a letter to the person I could identify with, to Connie. What I wrote will, I hope benefit her, as much as it helped me while I was writing out my thoughts.

I could as well have addressed it to myself. So in a way, I’ve done it, my own personal thought from February was accomplished. I’ve written myself, too, a love letter.

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Letter transcript:

“Dear Self,

I know how acutely the sadness of life can be felt. I’ve felt it. I feel it myself. It has the ability to numb one’s mind, to keep one from moving along. It makes one cry themselves to sleep.

But we have to get out from there. Walk out and follow our own yellow brick road leading us to where we should be: in the present. I think that is where Dorothy was heading. From a place of sadness, through the world of her perceptions, imagination and dreams. Into the present.

Where wonderful things can happen if we allow them to unfold. We have to wake up to being right where we are supposed to be.

There truly is no place like home; the home that leaving worries of the past and future provides!

Love,
~K”

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2013, March 9

Love Letter Request for March, 2013

I have Monday and Tuesday off from work. So I couldn’t have asked for better timing; will be scripting my love letters for this month’s requests. How about you? 578740-01-main-900x695

HEYO LETTER WRITERS!

We’ve been some kind of anxious to get these requests into your hands. We know you’ve got tons + tons of love and encouragement that you will be absolutely pouring into these letters. So have at them!

This month we are focusing in on our theme of “P.S. Stand a Little Taller.” We’ve chosen recipients of love letter bundles who could use a boost, a smile, and just some general love to push them upward and help them to keep fighting onward.

The following letter requests were requested by close friends + family of the recipients:

MEET CONNIE

“Connie is a really lovely person who tends to feel the sadnesses of life in an acute way. She is a junior in college and struggling to find her place in the world and to find a way to lead a happy life. Her father died unexpectedly a few years ago and she has handled this loss with grace and determination. This semester most of her close friends are studying abroad, leaving her all alone on campus. She has a great appreciation and fondness for songs and poetry and I think a love letter telling her that she’s heading in the right direction and will find the fulfillment she seeks would really make her day.”

MEET RACHEL

“My dear friend, Rachel, unexpectedly lost her husband last year.   They had only been married 11 months. Life has obviously been hard for her since his passing, and she had an enormous outpouring of love after he died, but the letters start to trickle off after the first month or two.  I know that she would love to get some love and encouragement in the mail.  We are both finishing our 4th year of medical school and we try to write each other letters as often as possible because we love some good ol’ fashioned snail mail!”

MEET MELANIE

“My mom is going through a really rought time right now. She has been battling serious depression for my whole life. She is a teacher, and her students just love her and she puts everything she has to being a teacher. But she is constantly being undervalued and underappreciated. She wants to change her job and start a doggie day care and bake organic pet treats. But she lacks the support and courage to make such a huge step and I can only help her so much and she is the most amazing mom and all I want is for her to be happy again.”

ALL LOVE LETTERS CAN BE MAILED TO:

March’s Bundles
PO Box 2061
North Haven, CT 06473

Letters can sent all in one envelope or individually, whichever you prefer. We’ve got little elves to sort them all out.  Write for one, two or all three! Please postmark all love letters by MARCH 25, 2013. Please & Thanks.

New to letter writing? Get started here! Or want some tips + tricks from our team writers? We got em’ right here.

2013, February 8

Love Letter Request for February, 2013

During my days off from work, last week, I scripted my love letters on brand new handmade cards. Below is the team’s own wording about this month’s Requests. So how about it? Dive right in, write a few love letters yourself! <3

Sealed with Love — February 1 – 14

578740-01-main-900x695 This Valentine’s Day, roses are red, violets are blue and these strangers are waiting for a letter from you. Join More Love Letters as we partner up with the United States Postal Service from February 1st-14th to deliver two weeks packed with love letters- for you, for others and for a world that needs your hand-written declarations of love.

Join Us this Valentine’s Season:

Write Love Letters

The love letter requests for February are officially here! Can your little pen even handle the excitement? Click to read the requests and mail off your love letters by February 14!

GET THE LETTER REQUESTS 

Attend Our Sealed With Love Social Party

Join us on Twitter and Facebook Tuesday, February 12 from 8-10pm EST for an evening full of marathon letter writing, giveaways and social sweetness only a tribe of love letter writers could stir up.

RSVP TO OUR SOCIAL STAMP SOIREE

Get Our Stamp of Approval

Mail your letters in style with the U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp here.  We’re hopelessly devoted to this love letter-inspired stamp and we’ll be using it throughout this program and in the months ahead.

BUY YOUR SEALED WITH LOVE STAMPS 

Host a Love Letter Writing Party

Who needs a romantic dinner for two when you could host a love letter writing party with all your friends? We’ll supply the party packet, the letter requests and more for your party – you supply the love.

GET MORE DETAILS

#sealedwithlove

Stay showered with love + letters using #sealedwithlove on all your social streams. We’ll be scripting right beside ya.

~The More Love Letters Team

2013, January 18

Love Letter Request for January, 2013

Tiffany_Farley_0271 I just finished writing the love letters and realized I haven’t posted about this month’s requests on my blog.

Here it is, better said by the More Love Letters Team :)

Hey, hey, hey! We’ve. Missed. Your. Face!

It’s 2013 and we are all sorts of ecstatic to start the New Year off with you! Our whole crew was on a much-needed hiatus from December 14-January 7. Sorting and mailing 3,500 love letters from the 12 Days of Love Letter Writing is no easy task!

But we are back for you and we’ve packed this post to the brim with love letter requests for you!

SO WHAT IS A LOVE LETTER BUNDLE?

Each month, we send out a “call for love letters” (just like this one) for an unsuspecting receiver (or in this case, receivers) in need of a little handwritten goodness. You will then have TWO WEEKS to send over a card or letter to the More Love Letters PO Box. We’ll bundle the letters and mail them all together to a lucky, lucky mailbox with an explanation note from MoreLoveLetters.com on top. It’s simple. It takes 5 minutes. And really, what’s better than a monthly pinning of “heart to page” for someone who truly needs some love and syllables?  So gather your friends, your students, your coworkers or church group, and take on the monthly mission together!

The following letter requests were requested by close friends + family of the recipients:

MEET RICK & JENNIFER

“Rick and Jennifer are the proud parents of two children.  Recently, their little boy was diagnosed with leukemia. This family has been through so much in the past year, from uprooting their lives, to losing jobs – it’s been a fight to keep their heads above water. Rick and Jen are giving, loving, wonderful parents and people in their community.  They are pillars of strength but it is my hope that the MLL community can be a source of strength and love and light for Rick and Jen as their son undergoes chemotherapy and various treatments. They are a family who could use all the love and hope in the world right now. ”

MEET ALLIE

“Allie graduated from college a couple years ago with a degree in English Literature. She is very introverted and lately she has been feeling very worthless and low. She is too afraid to apply to any jobs that are within her field. She wants to be a high school English teacher or special ed teacher, and eventually work to change educational policy and help better the school systems in America. She is so afraid of failure and doesn’t understand just how precious she is.She is so kind and caring. Allie is the most selfless person I know. She loves everyone she meets. She just needs a little push to show her that other people will love her and accept her just the way she is. These letters will give her the confidence and support to go make her dreams come true.”

MEET MICHELLE & HER FAMILY

“My cousin Michelle was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2011. The doctors have given her 3 to 6 months to live and she is trying one last chemo with a poor success rate. She is doing this because she can’t bear to leave her loving husband and two boys who just want their mom to get better. I am asking for her family to be given words of encouragement, that even though they have been through so much they will be able to get through this. I know how difficult it is to see someone you love struggle to hold onto life and then slip away. I just want them to know that they aren’t alone in this struggle.”

ALL LOVE LETTERS CAN BE MAILED TO:

January’s Bundles
PO Box 2061
North Haven, CT 06473

Letters can sent all in one envelope or individually, whichever you prefer. We’ve got little elves to sort them all out.  Write for one, two or all three! Please postmark all love letters by JANUARY 25, 2013. Please & Thanks.

New to letter writing? Get started here! Or want some tips + tricks from our team writers? We got em’ right here.

2012, December 6

The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing

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During December 3-14, the team at More Love Letters are organizing their second “12 Days of Love Letter Writing” campaign.

And, since their first one got me writing my first love letter, here is a blog post I’m pinning to the top. I’ll update it daily during these twelve days of love letter writing to send you over to each day’s love letter request.

Happy love letter writing! <3

 

 

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One.

Whip out fancy stationery

Two.

Clear out time to write love letter for Emily

Three.

Snap a few photos and tweet them to @moreloveletters or post them to the Facebook Wall.

Four.

Within a week, sign, seal & drop letter in the mailbox to:

(Fill in Recipient’s Name) Bundle

PO Box 2061

North Haven, CT 06473

Five.

Visit the Featured Writers for the day.

 

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PS: Stumped on what to write? Check out the letter writing tips and the Do’s & Yikes, Stop that Right Now’s for writing love letters.

2012, November 14

Love Letter Request for November, 2012

The More Love Letters team writes this so much better than I could. Here is the love letter request for November’s bundle.

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Dear You, Coffee beans grind– steam rises– orders mount– espresso, latte, mocha– skim, whole, double shot, soy– decaf, frappuchino– lines getting longer,patience growing shorter. The holiday madness has begun. I cannot imagine trying to keep all the orders straight and attempting to please so many customers who think the coffee world revolves around them. This season of giving will have Grinches who grumble and Mad Hatters who think you should hurry to pacify their impatience. I will not be one of them. I will order my pumpkin spice latte with a smile and say ‘thank you’. I am sending you some love to help you through the chaos. Hold on, the season will not last forever! Wishing you a wonderful holiday! Love, One of your grateful customers.

: to thank a "latte."

THE BARISTA BUNDLES ARE BACK!!

Last November, we invaded New York City with love letters for baristas & latte makers alike at some of the busiest coffee shops on the avenues. We had so much fun with the experience that we could not resist bringing the Barista Bundles back again. This time we are hand-delivering them, mailing them, and dropping them all over the place, and we need your help!

We are calling on you for this fun-filled holiday mission, just in time for the season of thanks & giving: Rope your love for lattes, your cravings for caffeine, your gratitude for the ones who rarely get appreciation, all into a love letter this season. Instead of grumbling like the Grinch, help us thank the ones who make our season extra foamy + sweet.

Write one, write two, or maybe three! But
please mail all love letters by November 30th to:

Barista Bundles
PO Box 2061
North Haven, CT 06473

During the second week of December, some of the More Love Letters team will be mapping out a route across Manhattan, hand-delivering letters, and documenting the deliveries throughout the day for all of you watch… Live love letter tweeting + vlogs with our lattes?! Yes, please!

Need inspiration? Check out some samples from last year.

staying local?

Perhaps, perhaps, you are already crooked into that cozy corner spot of the coffee shop in your own hometown. Be the first one to thank the hard workers at your hometown coffee shop for that extra foamy cappuccino. Send a photo + location to PS@moreloveletters.com and we’ll add it to our map!

With crossed t’s and dotted i’s,
Hannah B &
The More Love Letters Team

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New to letter writing? Get started here! Or want some tips + tricks from our team writers? We got em’ right here.

2012, October 19

Love Letter Request for October, 2012

The More Love Letters team writes this so much better than I could. Here is the love letter request for October’s bundle.

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script it louder

: you are so loved

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This month, we’ve got three love letter requests that we know will hit you at the core. We feel extremely blessed to be able to reach out to three amazing people with our words of encouragement and Love Letter Bundles this October. Please help us make this the biggest + brightest mail delivery we’ve ever had.

 

so what is a love letter bundle?

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

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

The following letter requests were requested by close friends + family of the recipients:

meet Kate

“Kate has been crying almost every day for the last month.   A recent breakup left Kate realizing she had entangled her life with a guy who was never right for her.   When the two broke up, her life was changed completely.  Now she is alone again after so many years, crumbling apart and not knowing who to turn to.  Kate needs to know that there are strangers out there who believe in her and want to see her whole again. She needs to know that there is life, and so much of it, after a bad breakup.

meet Jason

“Jason is my big brother. A veteran of the Marines, he served the USA and was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been trying to go through school since he got out of the military and has quietly fought PTSD , which has gotten worse in recent weeks. He has a big heart, and has always been involved in helping other veterans, disadvantaged, and disabled. Please help a Veteran feel special and see the sunshine in a dark period of his life!”

meet Deborah

“Deborah was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. Since then she has gone through chemo and radiation with astounding strength. She was cleared, cancer free, after less than a year, and was ready to move on with her life.  Since then, she has had numerous complications as a result of her surgeries and radiation treatments. She constantly says, ” I thought cancer was the hard part. They told me to beat cancer, and I did it. No one warned me about this part. No one is telling me how I am supposed to beat this.” She is low on hope, low on inspiration, and losing belief in the greatness of life and the human spirit. She needs to remain positive in order to continue to fight. She knows nothing about this blog, or what is done for those in need, but I know she would appreciate it more than anyone will ever truly understand. This could be exactly what she needs to regain the amazing strength I know is inside her.Deborah has so much left to live for, but could really use a few kind hearted third party people to express that to her. She needs strength to continue to fight. These letters have the capability to save her life.”

All Love Letters can be sent to:

October’s Bundles

PO Box 2061

North Haven, CT 06473

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

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

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

joining us?

Let us know on Twitter & Facebook

Supporting the @moreloveletters mission today with my cursive + love letters:http://wp.me/p1LDvZ-RH

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Watch. Out. World! The @moreloveletters October Requests have arrived and I. Am. Scripting. : http://wp.me/p1LDvZ-RH

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pin your face off.

We cannot help but wonder, who are the beautiful faces that write these love letters every month?!
This month, we challenge you to take a photo with your love letters before you mail them off and email it to PS@moreloveletters, post it on our Facebook, or tag it as #moreloveletters on Twitter & Instagram. We will be creating a big ol’ pinboard to share of our awesome letter writers and we don’t want to leave you out!

happy love letter writing!

With crossed t’s and dotted i’s,

Hannah B &
The More Love Letters Team

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