S: The World Needs More Love Letters Yearbook 2011-2012
BC: Happy birthday, More Love Letters. We cannot wait to watch you grow. Yours truly, Leonora Fleming & Sara Brink
FC: The Year of Fresh Starts | year one | 2011-2012
1: September 24,2012 Dear Hannah, As the first birthday of The World Need More Love Letters loomed in the distance, we wanted to script you the perfect love letter to thank you for changing so many people’s lives, including our own. But a simple note handwritten on the prettiest stationery wasn’t going to cut it this time. So we scoured through the blog, highlighted the biggest moments of the year, and wrapped it all up into this book. We went all the way back to the first bundle and finished it up with Campus Cursive, our latest adventure. We tracked down every bundle, campaign, and love letter party and sprinkled them onto the pages. And while laying out the entire past year, we’re only that much more excited about what’s to come. First off, we want to say congratulations! You took your dream and ran with it, resulting in this ever-growing community of love and light. You turned your idea into something even larger than yourself. And at the end of this first year, the success is flooding mailboxes all over the world. Secondly, we want to say thank you. Thank you for the hours spent creating this organization, scripting letters, and applying postage. Thank you for your constant dedication, your inspiring words, and your endless encouragement. We hope this book helps you reflect on all of your accomplishments with More Love Letters in its first year, from the building of the website to the first birthday party. It’s a token of our appreciation for your undying determination to pack mailboxes with the most heartfelt pieces of snail mail. With love, Leonora & Sara
2: As much as we adore handwritten notes, we can't ignore the praise we've received in print & online. Media HighlIghts
3: August 1, 2011. 8:32 a.m. New York City Subway. Love Letter #401 In the past year, the More Love Letters blog has been plastered with these kinds of images. Countless stories of anonymous cards being dropped all over the world. But this was the first to be documented. " Welcome to the southbound train that I ride nearly every morning to get to work. This, my friends, is a prime place to leave a love letter. The possibilities that rest behind whose idle fingers will reach this letter are endless: an antsy tourist, a stunning business man, a tired passenger, a confused young lady. Here’s to hoping it will reach the pair of hands that need it most today. May this note spark mobility for the long day ahead." | The Beginning...
4: One Girl, 39 Love Letters Our First Monthly Bundle | September 2011 We gave email subscribers two weeks to write & send a card or letter to a girl with a full college course load and two jobs, in need of some inspiration. You poured your heart and souls into these letters and for that, we thank you. This kicked off months to come of successful letter bundles for deserving individuals.
5: Mim | In Loving Memory | “The first time her laughter unfurled its wings in the wind, we knew that the world would never be the same.” | Mim was the recipient of our February 2012 bundle. We sent her more than 180 letters to help her cope with a long battle with cancer. Shortly after, we received the heartbreaking news that Mim had passed away. But our letters remain a source of comfort for the family, and will for years to come. | “I just wanted to let you and all of the people who have written letters know how much this has meant to me. At the time I wanted to send words of encouragement for my step mom, and even though she lost her battle with cancer, the love and support that so many have shown has offered me comfort as I know it will for my Dad. Thank you for all that you do and know that these letters will touch so many hearts for years to come." -Tammy, Mim’s stepdaughter
6: Bundled With... | Kelley | Briana | St. Louis Girls Volleyball Team
7: Sharon & Brandon | Jim | ...& more to come | LisaRose
9: P.S. Stand A Little Taller This campaign had one simple plan in mind: to brighten someone's day. The mission stated the following to readers: "the truth is this: Every single one of these love letters was written for you. You with the bad day. You up to your knees in puddles. You with the crazy hair. You with the sadness sitting in your bones...know that we are here for you. Always." These notes poured into our love letter vault with a wide range of messages and morals. And they were all strikingly beautiful. | Dear College Throughout the month of September, the #DearCollege campaign encouraged participants to write letters to new college students, "to express all the words & feelings, the 'and's & 'but's that you wish you'd known back before your first introduction to 3-hour lectures and double XL twin bed sheets." Tons of incredibly encouraging letters filled the More Love Letters mailbox, and were regularly featured on the More Love Letters blog throughout the month. | What I Wish I Knew #WhatIWishIKnew started as a Twitter hashtag and grew into a Pinterest epidemic. We asked our followers to tweet the tidbits about college life that they wished they had known before taking the leap of freshman year. Tons of responses rolled in, and our social media coordinator Danielle put together beautiful images of all the helpful tweets and stocked a pinboard full of them.
10: Bundles to Baristas November & December 2011 In November, we put out a call for love letters for baristas, because it was about time we said thank you for all those chai lattes. We mapped out a route, & delivered the massive pile of notes to coffee shops all over New York City during the month of December.
11: The Twelve Days of Letter Writing | From December 5-17, 2011, love letter writers from all over the country took part in our grandest love letter writing campaign to date: The Twelve Days of Letter Writing. We curled up with eggnog + festive stationery to script over 600 letters in less than two weeks. Our mailman was busier than Santa Claus. | 1. Nickie 2. Shelley & Nelson 3. Elizabeth 4. Hannah 5. Josie 6. Tara 7. Erika 8. Julia 9. Anthony 10. Denise 11. Alenka 12. Priscilla
12: Love Letter Drop @ Carrboro High School February 2012 Ms. Klein and Ms. Adloo, student teachers & graduate students, had their high schoolers litter the hallways with love letters. "We did the project on Valentine's Day and incorporated the love letters into our Romeo & Juliet unit, right after the famous balcony scene. We shared the idea of the 'letters to Juliet' with our students by showing them the video trailer and then letting them know that the letter writing still goes on in Verona. We also showed them your website and blog and discussed ways we could write friendly love letters to brighten others’ days." And boy, did they jump right in. At the end of the day, the group had created around 150 love letters. "This was project was so much fun, and students really demonstrated their creativity through writing and decorating love letters! I think the idea of writing to an unknown person can be daunting at first, but students really warmed up to the idea and wrote beautiful, inspiring letters."
13: Valentines with C. Wonder February 2012 Dedicated love letter writers set up camp in C. Wonder stores to help customers script the perfect note to their valentine. Stocked with the cutest stationery, pens, and with the help of a handy questionnaire, customers filled us in on what they adored about their loved one and we put it into words for them-- the perfect complement for gifts!
14: Ithaca College's Food For Thought | Clinton Elementary School | UConn’s Alpha Epsilon Phi | She's The First Van Meter
15: Hofstra's Phi Eta Sigma | PACE Center for Girls | Frontline Church
16: The Little Pencils Series Throughout April 2012, we collected over 100 letters for the women of the Anchal Project. Anchal provides alternative careers in textiles to women who make a living as commercial sex workers in India but are searching for a way out. In Hindi, the word anchal refers to the edge of a sari used to provide comfort + protection for loved ones.
17: June 11, 2012 Our first letter writing party at the WIX Lounge in New York City was complete with Crane & Co. stationery, Sheaffer pens, cupcakes and some of our most dedicated fans.
18: #MonthOfMail A growing epidemic. Two members of the More Love Letters community pledged to "love letter their world" during designated months. Estrella Azul put it this way: "Very much inspired by the “A Love Letter a Day” articles on MoreLoveLetters.com, I have decided to take June and make it my month of leaving love letters behind – every single day. I’ve equipped my handbag with pens and some pretty stationery to have with me at all times. I...will keep writing love letters (even on the spot, if so inspired), leaving them behind in various locations in my city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania." Sara Brink was inspired by a Twitter hashtag. "I jotted out a list of 31 people to write notes, cards, and letters to during the month of July, hoping to send a piece of post for each day on the calendar." She used the following quote as the fuel for the content of her letters: “Some people we come to know in life are truly amazing, and there is a no greater sin than to never let them know.”
20: Letters to College Students... Gone Viral | Our founder, Hannah Brencher, can create some pretty amazing love letters. So much so, in fact, that two of them soared over the crisscrossed wires of the Internet to become viral sensations. These two letters, one for college students during finals week & the other for incoming Freshmen, pour out hope, kindliness, and encouragement. They let you know that you're not alone during those overwhelming times. And of course, they're all wrapped up in her perfectly scripted signature style.
21: Campus Cursive | Since launching Campus Cursive in August 2012, more than 30 student leaders have signed up to spread our mission throughout his or her campus. From personal community bundles to letter writing events, Campus Cursive aims to encourage students all over the world to write a heartfelt note in more than just 140 characters.