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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. I haven’t heard of this before, but it sounds great!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. And I’m praying for your daughter today!

  2. Hmmm… I’ll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing with us! I love love love the idea of journaling back and forth with your daughter. What a blessing for you both!

    • Erica, I’m not as faithful with the journal as I should be, but it’s been a good thing. I’ve got one for each of my kids. Most of them are waiting on my reply now . . . 🙂

  3. well said, Dawn! Thank you for your inspiration in this area! ….and just getting back to writing letters and sending them in the mail with encouragement and inspiration, if it is a stranger or not!!

  4. I am a letter writer and card writer so this is perfect for me. I am so happy to hear of this. Thank you.

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea, it came at the right time where I know I can get my girlfriends involved when we have our Christmas gathering 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I am doing this!!! So beautiful and so amazing!! I can think of many times in my life where finding one of these would have meant the world to me. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!!

  7. I love this idea. My daughter would love this too. She is young but she is such an instrument of encouragement. Just last night she left a note for her older brother. She too is one who needs a lot of encouragement herself. Thanks for that reminder. I will be praying for your daughter too. What gifts we have been given. I pray God continues to use our children to teach us.

  8. This is a truly wonderful idea! I think everybody, no matter who or where they are, needs some extra love & encouragement sometimes. We all have bad days and to find a letter like this on one of those days would never be forgotten. Thankyou so much for sharing this! xo

  9. What a special way to encourage. The Lord knows who will find each note and what they need to hear. We just need to let our hands be His instrument of encouragement.

  10. This is one of those posts that makes me say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”! I love this idea and am planning on buying some blank cards this weekend. This is perfect and just in time for Christmas. How amazing would it be to receive a double blessing, opening a Christmas gift and finding an encouraging letter inside as well!

    Love it!

  11. I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately and how I can give my love to the world. Perfect piece at the right time. Everyone deserves love and encouragement. Thank you, I hope to start this this holiday season.

  12. What a great idea! I love this and since the holiday season of frazzle and stress is upon us, I think this is the perfect time to do it! Thank you!

  13. Dawn, thanks for this reminder and confirmation of the importance of AFFIRMATION!! About two months ago, God gave me the idea to make a blessing box for a friend…each day asking God for a single word and writing it on a piece of paper (decorating it & making it lovely); a word that described this person, and then writing a corresponding verse on the back. But, doubt began creeping in and I wondered if it was a silly idea. Your post encouraged me and reminded me that, yes, sometimes it’s the encouragers who could use a bit of encouragemencouragement!! 🙂

  14. I joined the monthly dayspring card club about a year ago and I have sat and wondered who I would send all these cards to. Some days I think I will send church family birthday cards and anniversary cards and I know that is good but it doesn’t go into my heart like I want it to. I have been thinking and thinking who I could send cards to and then I think after attending allume that I am going to start getting addresses from my online friends and start sending snail mail cards because who wouldn’t like a card but and this feels right……………..but then your post comes……………and I see now why nothing has felt right yet. I am going to join in this journey of writing love letters. Thank you for telling us about it. This is what God had me waiting for!

  15. Dawn, I’ve just been to the more love letters site, but I’m confused. HOW does one leave these love letters? Is there a central location/site to find people who need a letter? I’d love to do this, but I don’t know how it works!

    • Elaine, you can write single letters and leave them places anonymously (I left mine tucked inside a book at Barnes and Noble) or you can sign up with a group of people through moreloveletters.com to write a bundle of 10 cards, which go to a specific person. If you sign up on the site you’ll be sent the name and circumstance of the person who you’ll write the letters to, and then you send them in (you’ll get the address, too) and they’ll be sent to that person. Make sense?

  16. Oh my, dear Dawn, that’s a wonderful, exciting thing, thank You sooo much for sharing it with us ! The world needs more – more love letters. And more people like You, who do not only use, but also share the love and compassion that is found at sometimes unobtrusively places.

    Prayers and Blessings for You and Your daughter (:

  17. This is such a wonderful idea! I always say people don’t give each other enough compliments and letters of encouragement and love is a great way to do so. I’m going to get the girls I volunteer with at church to do some letters with me.

  18. God is so good! What a blessing you have to share with your daughter.
    I have sent out cards to women I have met in Bible study and womens groups but to send a card to a perfect stranger is a wonderful idea. God always rewards with feeling so encouraged myself after sending a card. This is a great time of year to send a card of encouragement to someone you hear who is unemployed or going through a struggle. It will be a joy to get a group of ladies together and write cards. Wonderful idea – Thanks for sharing this!

  19. Wow, what a wonderful idea! I have sent notes with my girls when they go on retreat, or to camp, that they would have encouragement each day…but to extend that to someone that God knows, that God places in that spot to find it…

    Thank you for sharing, and I look forward to talking with my daughters about this and see what they say…!

  20. I just found your website today and I just LOVE it! It is so encouraging, which is something I try to be. You give me more direction and reason to be…especially in this day and time! I also send cards to others; but, I make my own as the “store bought” ones have gotten so expensive! I look at it as investment in others’ happiness!

  21. What an absolutely amazing concept, and how easy to do! Please tell your daughter that she has inspired a lot of people today, and really opened the door for many more people other than the ones that find her letters to be encouraged. It’s the old ripple in a pond effect….I hope both of you have a great week.

  22. I love receiving personal notes and letters! It seems like in today’s technology world we forget how sweet it is to write things down so people have a lasting memory of our feelings. The other day I found the first birthday card I gave my husband in a book. It was so sweet and hilarious to see what card I picked out and the words I had written.

    Great idea!!!

  23. The concept of writing Love letters so resonates with me!! I am a writer of letters already. I resist/detest texts and e-mails as opposed to a hand written note or letter. This inspires me anew to do more to encourage others. Thank you!

  24. This is such a beautiful endeavor. I have been pondering the lost art of letter writing recently and then I read this. This world could use more love letters.

    I just love this and I plan to share this with others and get involved. It just so awesome!


  25. I write cards for the women’s ministry team at our church. I dont always know the ladies that i write the cards too, but i pray that God will use me as an instrument to brighten their day. I love the thought that in a pille of bills some is going to get a dayspring card and that’s maybe all they need to smile that day. Thank you for the code. God bless!

  26. I just wrote a post on my blog about being thankful for those who give and how we can give. I think this is a wonderful way to give – even when you don’t have ‘stuff’ or money to give! Thank you!

  27. What a fantastic idea! I’ve posted a link to the video on my Facebook page asking for 10 friends to join me in “adopting a bundle.”

  28. I love this, so inspiring and so special. I have tried to instill in my children the importance of writing snail mail, a truly forgotten art in our age of technology. Thank you for sharing.

  29. God’s timing is always perfect and I am so very grateful for that today! I struggle with depression and have those feelings of uselessness and hopelessness often…but at this moment I am excitedly holding on to the reminder that “the antidote for feeling useless is to be useful”…. “and one way to battle hopelessness is to bring hope to others.” Thank you so very much for sharing this….and blessings to your and your daughter as you continue to bring hope and encouragement to others! 🙂

  30. I especially needed to hear the part about how encouraging others REALLY encourages the one encouraging — this is a tough day for me on the “emo-meter”, and this sounds like a perfect antidote to get me started back to the joyful side! Working at a university, I have plenty of young people around me every day who need to hear these kinds of things as well. I’m gonna recruit the ladies in my office to take part and we’ll definitely get something started here! Thank you so much!!!

  31. Yes, this. Exactly this. It is what our world needs. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m both inspired and encouraged. Today I will write a letter for a stranger and one for my daughter away at college too.

  32. Wow… just reading this encouraged me!! God has recently put it on my heart to begin writing – what a perfect way to begin! I am going to the Philippines next week and have been dreading the long flight… I now have something to look forward to! What a perfect time to begin the letters! What a blessing. 🙂

  33. You will never know how much I need encouragement–especially now with my aging father & work stresses. All of this is just getting a bit much for me.

    Still, though, I will encourage others. I want them to feel loved, appreciated, beautiful, useful–A CHILD OF THE KING!

    God Bless!

  34. This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder that everyone is special and in need of encouragement. God bless!

  35. I love love love this! I am a card buyer, maker, writer and sender! For birthdays, sick friends, encouragement, etc….but I love the idea of leaving cards for someone annonymously! Wonderful, thank you so much for this brilliant idea!

  36. Thank you for sharing this… this school year my daughter and I have started sending cards and letters at least once a week to those we know. Because in this world of the internet and social media, she Is learning to communicate through screens. i am trying to teach her the lost art of letter writing. What a fabulous idea to take that a step further.

  37. Thank you for this opportunity! I love Dayspring cards. They are SO much fun to share with my friends 🙂

  38. I have using my card stash for our church women’s prison ministry. I’d love to add more cards to my supply!

  39. I have never heard of this, and so glad you have shared this with all of us. I have always loved writing letters and sending them ‘snail mail’, so hearing about writing ‘love letters’ to strangers warms my heart. What a truly awesome way to ‘love’ people and encourage someone. After the election last night, I really need to read a ‘love letter’…
    Thanks so much!
    Susan G.

  40. That God used inspired this young woman to make such a huge impact on her world. Our world. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. And to be a part of. Thank you for sharing this!

  41. Love, love, love this! I’m worried about the line as you are only as happy as your least happy child. That hits close to home….

    I love this idea and can’t wait to join the movement.

  42. Wow! What a wonderful, awesome, amazing idea. I am taking this and using it today! How long has it been since I connected on paper with someone – I have no idea. Today I write my first letter in many many years.

  43. This is a touch of God in someone’s life. Have always felt the call to surprise and brighten the days of those who I didn’t even know by touching their lives with God’s deep love for them. Truly a wonderful reminder to press on with this ministry. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU!!

  44. What a great idea … there are so many hurting people out there who feel alone. They walk with a smile in their face but a broken hearts. Thank you for sharing, and will try to involve my son to do this with me.

  45. I love this idea! I’m going to try it using my handmade cards. This would be a great thing to teach our children as well.

  46. I’m in. I love to encourage others. I am especially excited when someone encourages me as well. I do believe we try hard in areas that we are needing ourselves. I will also pray for your daughter.

  47. Thanks so much for sharing this article. I was so encouraging and inspiring to me. My mother passed away 1 year ago and she was a letter writer, mostly thank you card. I am reminded of the importance of writing letter and being on the receiving end as well. I am going to go write a letter to someone.

  48. This is such a great idea! I can’t wait for my 14 year old daughter to get home from school to share this with her. This is something uplifting we can do together.

  49. Wow this is amazing, so glad to find out about this. I know some people that could use a love letter and I love the item of surprising a stranger with one. Thanks so much for the chance to win as well!

  50. What a beautifully simple idea to share love and encouragement with someone you may never meet but who needs to know how special they are, just like we all do! I absolutely adore this idea. I am going to share it with my group of friends that I do a Bible study with on Monday nights. What an encouragement our little group of 7 could be to so many people!!!

  51. Dawn – thank you for sharing.

    “How much we should be commended for waking up today and deciding to take on the task of being human.”

    Great words – It reminds me of a quote from Marcus Aurelius. (Paraphrasing) ‘Each day I get up to do the work of a human being.”

    There’s power in pride for what you do each day. As you correctly point out it starts with love. Knowing that you are loved (for all your strengths and weaknesses) allows you to make independent well thought through decisions.

  52. I love how you write back and forth in a journal with your daughter. That is a powerful and seriously underutilized means of holding conversations with kids, IMHO. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this great organization with us!

  53. I puffy-heart love this!! <3

    And a note to Ninaruth, I love your idea too!! Thank you for another inspiring idea. The blessing box would be like receiving a lot of kisses from our Heavenly Daddy.

  54. I puffy-heart love this!! <3

    And a note to Ninaruth, I love your idea too!! Thank you for another inspiring idea. The blessing box would be like receiving a lot of hugs from our Heavenly Daddy.

  55. About a week ago, I bought a bunch of “32 Messages of God’s Love” by Day Spring on sale at Walmart. (Can I say that?) Dawn, I must ask, were these inspired by the “Love Letter” project????? I kept thinking, what will I do with all these powerful little messages. Well, I gave the first two to my daughters, which was tucked away in their Thankful Journal, when they found it the next morning their smile was HUUUUUUGE 🙂 I can only imagine the impact it may have on a complete stranger. Now, I know what to do with the rest of them, yay! God had a plan and led me here 🙂 Thank you lots!!!!

  56. My baby girl went away to college in August and I promised her to write her a letter or handmade card every week, just like I did for her older brother. Their generation not being the letter writers of mine LOVED getting those little reminders from home. When I found out that several of her friends don’t get the chance to go to their mailbox, I started writing them too. Just a note to wish them well on the upcoming week, praises and well wishes when the team wins (and loses) or just to say hi. I never thought that sending those letters and cards would have the impact they do. I now keepin touch with 7 UofA freshmen who crave just a note from home. Thank you for spreading the joys of the written word.

  57. I LOVE THIS!
    I have a heart for encouraging women….and this is a way to reach more of them!
    Thank you for sharing this idea/website!

  58. What a cool thing!! As someone whose love language is “words of affirmation,” I can totally see how this could turn someone’s day (or even life) around. I’d never heard of this, but am so on board 🙂

  59. LOVE this idea. Hand written notes and cards have almost disappeared with technology advances. I love receiving a hand written note, it is such an encouragement!!

  60. Thanks for posting this. I recently signed up to be a monthly letter writer at moreloveletters.com. I believe it is a great ministry! I only hope the letters I write can encourage others, giving them some inspiration and motivation.

  61. Love this idea. And what about starting with the ones we are close to whom we might overlook or assume that they know how much they are loved by us or God ? It takes vulnerability to lay it out there, but I need to work on really building up those right beside me.

  62. Great idea! I’m one of those smashing ladies who does all the encouraging but deep down inside needs a lot of encouragement for my chapter of life I find myself in right now.

  63. I love, love, LOVE this idea!!! I used to write letters feverishly when I was a teenager & in college…I loved it & it brought such joy. Somehow, I always want to write letters, but rarely do. I don’t know why that is, but am inspired to be more intentional in doing so now.

    I have discovered, after serving as a missionary in China over 3 years & receiving 4 pieces of real mail during that time period…how much each one of those letters means to me!!! There is truly nothing like a hand-written letter which you can read over & over again. What a blessing!!

    I also love the idea of journaling with your children. That is really special 🙂

  64. Wow! How did your daughter find this site? I LOVE this idea and can’t wait to write some letters. I want to offer this to the girls in my Sunday School as well (they are tweens). I think when we open up ourselves to love on others, we are able to see how God loves us and the beauty he sees in us, ultimately lifting our spirits. Never thought about how the next generation has been so connected by electronics how much more grand a handwritten letter is to them.

    Thank you so much for sharing this – the timing couldn’t be better as I’ve been having an “I feel invisible” few days.

  65. This is so incredible. Being a person who loves to affirm people and loves writing letters, this is so amazing know about. I’m about to head over to check out the website!

  66. This makes my heart happy. Our family has had such a whirlwind year, and letters of encouragement really helped me & my children press on. (There is a happy ending: my husband returned to Jesus!) My 14 year old would have so much fun with this in her small group; almost as much fun as I will have, writing my own.

  67. What a beautiful idea!!!!!
    This sad, broken world got a love letter from God when Jesus shed His precious blood on Calvary’s cross. “I love you” written in red. I believe as a child of God, that He has called each one of us to be an encourager—a love letter writer. Even if we cannot pen the words we would like to say, we can say “I love you” through our actions, our attitude, our witness of what Christ has done in us and what He can do in others. Let us reach out for another’s hand in love and make a difference in someone’s brokenness today. Abundant Blessings! Sylvia:)

  68. I love receiving uplifting cards and letters & I love to send them. This is a great idea and so many people seem down most of the time, you can try to impart a word of encouragement, but this seems so much better, to send a letter that they will find and know that they are loved. I plan to adopt this idea right away.

  69. This is perfect!! Our bible study is currently studying exhortation and different ways to encourage others. I am definitely going to discuss this with our group and there is exactly 10 of us, so we can each write a letter!! I love it!!

  70. Thanks for sharing this powerful reminder of the power of snail mail. I used to send a lot of mail and as the prices increased I started slowing down. Encouragement is part of my heart, part of my core, part of who I was made to be. I was made to encourage and through series of events, finances that seemed too tight, my heart slowly shut down- enough so… enough so that some people no longer really see me as I was created to be. To love and to be loved, to encourage and be encouraged, to bless and be blessed, to hear the words and speak the words that truly breath LIFE. With it comes the challenge to let go, to have no expectations, but just to give, and maybe that is when it would be a blessing to give to strangers too. Just today I was at the grocery store and decided to not use self-check. That must have been the Holy Spirit, for God prompted me through the clerk to buy stamps. There are cards that are going into the mail, maybe as early as tomorrow. I am at home sick tonight, and if for no other reason, it is so that I come back to some of my purpose.

    • LM, I’ve got stamps on my grocery list, too. I’ve mailed out at least 5 cards in the last week. If I make a point of keeping stamps, then I have no excuse not to send cards, right? I like to get all of my family to sign get-well and birthday cards. We’ll put them on the table and once everyone has signed and decorated them, I stamp them and mail.

  71. Wonderful idea! I am a big believer in writing notes and letters of encouragement and doing it anonomously is just perfect. I can only imagine how many of your letters have opened hearts, challenged thoughts and generated worth.

  72. Wow, what a great idea and great cause–furthering LOVE and showing the World WHO true Love comes from <3

  73. For the past 32 years, I have been sending, putting notes in lunches, and saving E-mails and voice mails. non’t forget those flower notes, the Special Church times and meeting, our wedding!! I began to be creative and venture out and made my own love cards. I dated each one and signed it as did my My Beloved!. I just had them stuffed away in an old suitcase until he came home and found me critical. Now they are catagorigized after we both went through them. My Love do you remember this one,, oh Honey and this one. Now they are saved for the last one to remember when one of us iwho has ‘Graduated with Our Angel Wings!’ Our love will go one. from the throne of God! made from the throne of earth! Memories are created from two people who grow in Glove in Christ Jesus!
    Jim and Barbs.

  74. Thanks for introducing me to moreloveletters.com! I found it through your post “Encouragement for the Encourager” and I can’t wait to get started. 🙂