This is Hannah Brencher. She’s a TED speaker. She’s a successful writer. She’s a She’s the First volunteer. And Hannah writes love letters because she believes the world needs more of them. After a particularly empty time in her own life, Hannah founded More Love Letters to “lift, empower, and mobilize individuals through tangible acts of love.” She encourages people to write love letters and leave them in unexpected places. She also receives requests, like the one at the bottom of this post, for love letters to be sent to someone who’s going through a particularly tough situation.
I will be the first to admit that I’m obsessed with technology. I check my email first thing in the morning. I post, tweet, pin, share, comment, and like. I have a blog. I work at a digital advertising agency. I have a tough time imagining my life without an iPhone and a MacBook. It’s sad but true. But I also find deep value in sharing love and compassion, both verbally and in written form. People say that writing love letters is a lost art form. I see truth in that. There’s something to be said about sitting down with a pen and paper, sorting out your thoughts, and taking the time to share feelings that might be difficult to speak. To share feelings in your own handwriting, which has always felt so personal to me. I still have special letters saved from birthdays, graduations, and other occasions. I revisit them from time to time and am filled with the same feeling I got the first time around.
I most often receive letters for happy occasions, but a love letter is most appreciated in times of need. Please join me in furthering Hannah’s mission by writing a letter to the couple below. They need some extra love this holiday season.
Recipient: Jenna + Paul
A close friend of Jordan’s parents, Jenna and Paul sent us this request. She writes: “Jenna + Paul just had a beautiful baby boy with a grin that could melt your heart…Now, at nearly three months old, their baby boy has been diagnosed with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
Jenna and Paul will make their little boy’s life as normal as possible and it is their hope that he will not experience any pain, he will remain interactive and cognitively normal.
Their little boy is loved by so many people that have never even met him, including myself. In the midst of this devastating news, Jenna and Paul have continued to show unconditional love and nurturing for their son. They are not giving up hope for him, and have used to power of social media to ask for prayers from their closest family and friends. However, I want Jenna, Paul and their baby to know that they are supported by people from all over the world. It’s never too late for a miracle, and I believe a little extra LOVE during the holidays will remind Jenna and Paul that they have been blessed with such a wonderful son.” Join us in sending love and encouragement to this family!
We ask that all love letters be in the mailbox by December 20th!
Jenna & Paul’s Bundle
c/o Colleen K.
4 Chapman Street
Newington, CT 06111