Write letters to Ukrainian Refugee Kids and Moms!
If you have been looking for a way to provide support for moms and kids who have been displaced by the the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, look no further: we need your help to write letters of love and encouragement to send to them.
Our hearts go out to all those who have been displaced as a result of conflict, fear and violence worldwide. While many of us feel powerless to the many tragedies our world faces today, there are small things we can do that can have a big impact.
At Letters of Love, we believe that there is an immense power in a hand-made card. Through the personal action of writing a note, we are able to remind people of their worth, show them they are loved and provide some strength for their journey.
While we normally focus our efforts on providing emotional support to hospitalized and seriously-ill kids, we have partnered with some caring, motivated citizens from Colorado to channel some of our collective anxiety surrounding the current situation in Ukraine into a project that may bring even a small spark of relief to those afflicted.
In this project, you will be able to write a Letter of Love that will be directly delivered to a Ukrainian refugee. Moms, you will have the opportunity to write to another mom and kids will be able to write to kids.
HOW IT WORKS
DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUR TEMPLATES: We are providing a few different types of templates — moms write to moms, kids write to kids. If you prefer to write a generic Letter of Love, there is also a template for that! Our letterheads contain the same warm salutation in both Ukrainian and English.
DO YOUR MAGIC: Write out your message in English block letters — even draw a picture if you would like. Keeping in mind our letter-writing guidelines, get creative and put your compassion to good use! Write as many letters as you wish!
SEAL IT UP: Any ol’ envelope will do!
SEND IT OUR WAY: Mail your masterpieces to
Letters of Love to Ukraine
8585 Criterion Dr., PO Box 62912
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
OUR PARTNERS CHECK OVER EVERYTHING: Our friends in Colorado will make sure nothing inappropriate or hurtful makes its way to our final recipients.
OUR HELPERS WILL SEAL THEM UP AND SEND THEM OFF: Once your letter has the all clear, it will begin its journey across the ocean!
YOU’VE GOT MAIL! Your letter will be hand delivered safely to a Ukrainian refugee in Europe by our partners, Frontier Horizon, Letters of Hope for Ukraine, or the United Nations Refugee Agency. The envelopes containing your letters look like this!
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND
Keep your letter G-rated (remember it may be going to a child!). While sentiments such as “I will keep you in my prayers” are okay, please avoid political and religious messaging. Let your letter be a beacon of hope and love!
SIGN WITH YOUR NAME
Signing your name (first name only!) is a personal touch that can make the letter even more meaningful to its recipient. If you feel comfortable, include a little bit about yourself (what state you are from, some activity you enjoy doing, your age, etc.) — but don't overshare! Please don’t share last names or schools.
DON’T PROVIDE OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION
Please don’t include information like phone numbers, addresses, the city you live in or any other personal information. We can’t forward on letters that include that information, and we don’t want your heartfelt work to go to waste! Moms can include social media contact info if you want, but you assume all associated risk.
MORE ABOUT OUR TEAM
Letters of Love to Ukraine is an expansion of a library-based letter-writing campaign in Colorado called Project Colorado Cares. This project would not have been possible without the incredible work of a group of three individuals who came together for a common cause. They are grassroots and apolitical. Program implementation is administered by vetted partners and humanitarian relief organizations in coordination with our team.
STEVE POPOVICH, the project lead, is a recent civil service retiree who worked for the US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and other federal natural resources agencies. He is tenured in humanitarian aid relief efforts globally and resides in Colorado. He is a grandson of Ukrainians.
LARYSA MARTYNIUK is a Colorado mom, artist, and first-generation Ukrainian American.
VINCE MURPHY is a Colorado-based software developer, and long-term supporter of community projects.