The World Needs More Love Letters is a gang of heart-on-sleevers on a mission to use their words as lanterns and their postage for a purpose by writing and mailing love letters to people in need around the world.
I started this site after handwriting 400 love letters to strangers who requested them from me via social media. Since that day in October 2010, my inbox has become a harbor for other people’s heartbreak, loneliness, and untouched pains. I wrote & mailed & wrote & mailed, all the while thinking: the world needs far more than my own love letters.
And so, nine months ago, More Love Letters was born. To date, we have written over 3,500 love letters, touching the subjects of cancer, loss, depression, teen suicide, war, and others, all with handwritten love letters that arrive in the mailbox for someone when they least expect them.
I guess you could call me the Juliet behind all of this though I am fierce in believing that God scripted my life into a love letter first. I am 23 years old, I still believe there is nothing more poetic than waiting by the mailbox, and I use social media to fuel the handwritten practice by prying people offline to write to complete strangers.
I followed my dreams as they skittered off to New York City in October 2010 but could have never anticipated the Undoing that would pursue me in the concrete jungle. Before long, depression arrived, crooking her arm into mine for the daily train rides into Manhattan.
Within that depression, a desire grew thick inside me to bread crumb a trail of loveliness in the Big City, even though I felt anything but lovely.
I left more tears on the 4 train than I like to take credit for. But I’ve also left more love letters than I can even count, because of those tears. And today, I teach others how to love letter their world: libraries, campuses, big cities and small towns.
I’ve never done a 5-year plan and I don’t tote a marketing strategy like a king, the goal is simple and we’ve vowed to never complicate it: If someone in this world needs a love letter today, we get them one. No matter the cost, and at no cost to the one who had the courage to ask for it.
So when May You Be approached me with this challenge to fill in the blank (and I am honored to the first!) I knew the word so instantly: lovely. May. You. Be. Lovely. A word so simple and true when it comes to what we are, and yet, we forget it on a daily basis.
I never began writing love letters to strangers because I thought it would make for a great adventure or pull in the reporters. I only ached to be lovely enough for a love letter within a world that screams at me to do more & be more.
I think we’ve all felt that. Burning in our stomach. Tearing at the dreams we throw off the side for practically. But I don’t wish you to be more Savvy or Practical. Nor Trendy or Original. I just wish you to know this: you are lovely beyond measure. And you deserve to be told that every single day.
Normally I would urge you to join our subscriber list or sign up to adopt a Love Letter Bundle but I really just want you to write your own love letter… to someone… in your own life… who hasn’t heard from you in a while… and could probably use you right now… Write them a love letter and drop it in the mail. And, if that person who needs the love letter is you, don’t be afraid to ask for it… we’re so ready to write it.
- Hannah Brencher