Although our National Campaign is only 4 days old, we are making great strides in gaining support from all corners of the country. We are grateful to supporters in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington state. Thank you so much for being lines of love to the Newtown Community.
I have received emails from people all over the country wanting to help in a variety of ways. Some are not too sure how to make bracelets, others want to organize statewide rallies and events to make 100 or more bracelets. And, we have a few people who are not too sure exactly what this campaign is all about. I want to take this opportunity to explain exactly what we are doing, and how you can participate in five different ways.
First — What Is This National Lines of Love Campaign All About?
Simply put, Lines of Love, a group comprising teens in Ellicott City, MD, connects people (who are struggling) with the resources they need. Sometimes, that means other teens or young adults struggling with anxiety or depression. At other times, Lines supports victims of bullying. In everything we do, we believe in promoting wellness, kindness, and compassion for others in and beyond their respective communities. For the grieving members of the Sandy Hook community, we are providing Lines of Love from all over the country to remind them in this time of need that they are not alone. And, as time moves on and the rest of the country begins to resume a “normal” way of life, we hope that the bracelets made by friends from around the country will continue to provide a reminder that they are still not alone, and they never will be.
Here are five ways you can be a part of that lifelong reminder.
- Make Bracelets. We provide instructions for our “classic” Lines of Love bracelet here. You can vary your pattern, as well as your colors. All we ask is that you do your best to include yellow (for Lines of Love) and green and white (Sandy Hook’s school colors).
- Plan An Organized Event. This can be as simple as getting a few friends together to watch a good movie and make bracelets for a couple of hours. Or, you can plan a college-wide event with a sorority, sports team, or organization/club to make special bracelets that, in some way, weave your group with Sandy Hook. Maybe you add your own school color to the bracelet, or you add a charm that shows unity and support.
- Donate Green, Yellow, and White Embroidery Floss/Thread. Find a group that is making bracelets, or if you have children, simply buy the thread, print out the instructions, and encourage them to make bracelets for this community.
- Make Bracelet Tags. This is a very easy way to get involved if you don’t want to or can’t make bracelets. We made tags that were of a heavy card stock, 1 inch wide by 4.25 inches long. We then punched a hole in one end and decorated the tags with quotes, phrases, and plenty of colors (see the sample in the picture at the top of this post). Each bracelet will have a personally handwritten tag attached to it. We have about 100 already made; we need 900 more!
- Contact Your Local Media. You can download a copy of the press release here. Contact them through Facebook, their own media websites, or via fax to the TV or radio station. If you know of an event going on in your area, invite the media to attend, and give them a background of Lines of Love and the purpose of the campaign.
All materials should be postmarked by December 31, 2012 and sent to LINES OF LOVE, PO BOX 9738, TOWSON, MD 21284. However, we plan on sending more “waves” of bracelets as they come in to us. If you miss this deadline, please don’t feel like it is too late to get involved. Drop us a note and tell us what’s coming, and we’ll get you scheduled for the next shipment.
Finally, some people have asked me, “How can I stay involved in Lines of Love?” At Lines, we believe the following: Once a member, always a member. You will forever be a part of our national team of Lines, connecting people to the resources they need, offering hope, faith, and love in all ways.