Here's how it began: I've had it on my "to do" list for quite some time to start a program like this. I've seen it done in other cities but I had not seen a stationery store facilitating it. Oliver's Twist isn't making any profit on any of this. Actually by the time we give away the writing kits we'll be losing money, but what the heck. We feel that it is the right thing to do. It somehow never got marked off of the to do list until now. Fast forward to last month. I read Love Does by Bob Goff. Here is what stuck out for me: Love is never stationary in the end. Love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does. - Bob Goff Side note, we need to acknowledge the difference between stationary and stationery. Stationary is what love is not. Stationery is what you'll write on for these letters. Got it? Glad to get that out of the way.
Then last week's sermon at Northview Church (Carmel, Indiana). They are covering a series called "At the Movies". Last week we watched the movie Still Alice. Have you seen it? It was a good reminder that people NEED encouragement. Caregivers need encouragement as much as anyone, and this was just the motivation I needed to finally get this program going.
Here's how it will work:
- Put in a request for someone needing a little (or a lot) of encouragement. This could be a family member, friend, coworker, member of the military, etc.
Submit your request by emailing it to email@example.com and put “handwritten hope” in the subject line. All caps doesn't hurt either.
In your email, be sure to tell us your relationship to the person and why you’d like them to receive notes/letters/cards. Also, include YOUR address of where the letters will be sent. If you are chosen, we will be sending your address out in our monthly email, so be sure you’re okay with that. Your last name will be omitted.
We will choose two requests per month. If you are chosen, we’ll email you first to let you know, then we will include your story and address on an email to our “writers”. Within the month you should start receiving mail.
The mail cutoff will be the last day of each month, so if you’re a writer, be sure to mail on time.
Want to be a writer? We're putting together kits to get you started! The first 100 people to sign up to be writers get a kit. You can sign up using the form below. Each kit includes 24 folded notes and envelopes (allowing you to write two per month), a store discount card, and a writing utensil to get you going. These will be able to be picked up at our new location at City Center.