The 9/11 Valentine’s Project


About 9/11 Valentine’s

A few years ago, on 9/11, I did a meditation. In that meditation I saw a very spirited group of close knit younger men. They spoke to me and told me they’d lost their lives together in the twin towers on 9/11. Since a lot of folks had become apathetic about honoring 9/11 by that time, I was contemplating honoring the event in a different way – by “never forgetting” the thing that really matters – love. I thought the best way to do this would be by making Valentine’s and giving them to anyone any time – even if it wasn’t Valentine’s Day and even if the people I gave to were complete strangers. I talked to those man I saw in that meditation about doing this. They said, “That’s a really good idea. The world needs more of that.” Then one of the men whispered, “A lack of love is what got us into this situation in the first place.”

Long story short, after that meditation, I started making Valentine’s for folks by hand – because I’ve always thought there’s something really powerful an extraordinarily connecting about giving someone your hand drawing or your hand writing. I gave the Valentine’s to people in my local community, and even sent a bunch to some wonderful folks in Samfya, Africa. But after a while, I stopped making them. Although a handful of folks were open to receiving the Valentine’s, to my surprise, most were not. This left me feeling disheartened, so I gave up.

After something I witnessed yesterday though, I woke up this morning (on September 11, 2016) feeling like my resolve to make Valentine’s had been reignited again. Strange that it would happen all these years later – on 9/11.

My hope is that you and your friends and family will join me in my efforts and hand craft Valentine’s to give to anyone anytime in your community on your own. Although you can get as crafty or fancy as you like, a pen, paper, a little time and the desire to give is all you need. Please be sure the Valentine’s you make include at least one heart. And if you choose to write any messages inside your Valentine’s please be sure they are uplifting and will warm anyone’s heart.

Thank you for your kind support.


How To Make a 9/11 Valentine & what to do with it

  1. Make a heart card (a card with at least one heart on it) using the art and card creation medium of your choice. You can even go digital if you like.
  2. Include a kind, uplifting message (optional)
  3. Give your heart card to a family member, friend, service professional or person you may meet as you go about your day – even if it isn’t Valentine’s day.
  4. Make more heart cards and give them to as many people as you can.

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