Thanks to our friend, Joan Davig, for posting this Great Idea!
Joan’s grandchildren sent her a little keepsake box full of little cut-out hearts with love notes written on them. She and her spouse are able to take out a single little note every day – first thing in the morning, around mealtime, just before bed, etc. – and read a little note of love from one of their grandchildren. It is a highlight of the day!
Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, a little message of love, acceptance, hope, or belonging is never out of season.
Invite any and all ages and small groups to participate:
- Determine recipients:
- Folks in the hospital or isolated at home?
- Folks who work in the hospital or other essential workers?
- Transient peoples or peoples experiencing homelessness?
- People new to your community?
- Every single household in your congregation/community?
- Create containers:
- Woodworkers (it would be cool if you had the right artists!, but potentially overwhelming to make numerous small boxes)
- Children (create a yogurt/ice cream container craft?)
- Knitters or seamstri (that’s my non-gendered term for people who sew) might fashion Love Note pouches
- Youth could make found-object artsy ones; etc.
- All ages can write notes:
- Cut paper into desired shapes – all hearts, or a diversity of shapes
- Offer suggested phrases to inspire creative notes
- Each writer could repeat their phrase on every note
- OR every writer creates totally diverse notes
- Littles can add a drawing to a simple note of “You are loved”.
- Collect and prep:
- Gather all notes together
- If each writer has repeated the same phrase, be sure a note from each writer gets into each container
- If each writer has created diverse notes, mix them up and distribute at random
- Write a cover letter:
- Write a note from the congregation explaining that this is your collective way of sharing some love.
- Shape the letter to address specific needs or interests of your recipients (i.e., prayers for well-being, gratitude for service, knowing you are welcome/belong here, etc.).
- Invite recipients to take a note out per day to receive a daily “dose” of love, appreciation, or belonging.
- Create a team to distribute the containers to your chosen audience!
Facilitate production by sharing to-go bags containing all necessary materials, or make everything from materials easily found at home.
Any time is a good time to spread some love around!