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I Sent 10 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards To Strangers To Get Out Of My Love Funk

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I’ve been obsessed with Valentine’s Day ever since I was a kid. But this year, with all of the political turmoil, I didn’t feel like celebrating a day of love — until I heard about Handmade Valentine Exchange.

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My friend told me about this project that was launched three years ago by Julia Parris, which basically entails mailing Valentine’s Day cards to strangers. The thought of sending real Valentine’s Day cards to people I had never met helped get me out of my funk.

Here was a real way to spread love remind people that we’re not alone; that despite all the bullshit happening in the world, love will always matter.

These little buggers are ready to go, sending ❤️ from the PNW! #handmadevalentineexchange

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So here’s how it works: By signing up, you commit to making 10 Valentine cards for people around the world. You’ll provide your mailing address and you’ll receive a list of names and addresses from people from around the world to send Valentines to. By signing up, you’ll get 10 cards, too!

Parris started this project five years ago, but she said this year more people were eager to participate.

Don't forget to mail your #handmadevalentineexchange!

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“This year we received overwhelming participation from countries including U.S., Mexico, Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, South Africa, India and New Zealand!” wrote Parris, a Brooklyn-based photographer and art director, via email.



The project first began simply because Parris loves receiving mail the old-fashioned way — you know, in a mailbox. Participation has grown to include over 2,000 people worldwide.

For inspiration, I checked #handmadevalentineexchange  to see what people were creating.

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People are so creative!

Some creations sent messages of hope.

So glad to see that my cards will be at home with other heart-supportive messages in the #handmadevalentineexchange

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While others reminded strangers how beautiful they are.

You are Beautiful. – Card 4/10 of #handmadevalentineexchange | Ink and watercolor

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I turned to Lotería for my inspo.

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I used the cards to send messages of empowerment and love.

I wanted my culture to be reflected in my card, while reminding people how beautiful love is. What do you think of the finished product?

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I know they’re not as elaborate and stylish as the other ones, but I sent them with the best of intentions, lots of love, and that’s what counts, right?

READ: Forgot To Get The Valentine’s Day Cards? We Got You Covered With These Hilarious Cards

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A Video On Social Media Has Everyone Assuming That Bad Bunny Is Now Engaged

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A Video On Social Media Has Everyone Assuming That Bad Bunny Is Now Engaged

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Social media is a great way to spread your news. It seems like Bad Bunny might secretly be trying to spread some special news. A video on his girlfriend’s Instagram has everyone speculating that the Puerto Rican artist is now engaged.

It’s amazing how one video can send people into a series of tailspins.

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mi canción favorita y me la quitan 🥺 #vivaelperreo

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It seems like a woman innocently sipping a smoothie and enjoying her day. However, if you look closely, you will see that the young woman is actually wearing a ring on an important finger.

The news is spreading fast all over social media.

Nothing has been confirmed but social media works as good as a small-town rumor mill. As soon as one person sees it, everyone has to know about it. Like, it can never just be a little secret for people hold among themselves. Twitter is the land of snap reactions and unfounded claims.

The rumor has already started breaking hearts across the internet.

Honestly, the best part about celebrities is believing that you can one day be their boo. Now, with this cryptic video, it is clear that Bad Bunny’s heart is being permanently taken away from us.

Some folks are just mad.

Like, calm down. It is literally not a big deal because of the likelihood of finding and marrying a celebrity is pretty low. Hollywood has spent too much time trying to get us to believe that that was so possible.

Some people are happy for the young woman finding happiness.

Nothing wrong with celebrating someone who is winning at life. If you were engaged to Bad Bunny, you’d be happy too.

READ: Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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Talk about a girl with a big heart.

It turns out, kids have no qualms about leading the example when it comes to selflessness and kindness in today’s time of uncertainty. While so many of us bemoan our lack of access to entertainment, friends, and personal care, young generations are looking to offer support where they can. Just look at this 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut who understands the importance of empathy, compassion, and love during this time of quarantine.

She worked on a pretty big project to make sure kids her age felt all three.

Chelsea Phaire has spent her time in quarantine sending kits to more than 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes.

Phaire explained in a recent interview with CNN that she wanted to create the kits to give children something to look forward to and feel positive about. Phaire’s art kits include paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. They are being sent to schools and shelters across the country as part of an organization founded by Phaire and her parents called Chelsea’s Charity.

“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity,” Candace Phaire, Phaire’s mother, told CNN. “She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”

Set to enter the 6th grader this coming fall, Phaire and her parents launched Chelsea’s Charity on her birthday in August 2019.

At the time, Phaire asked party guests to donate art supplies to the charity instead of giving her birthday gifts. Soon after her birthday party, Phaire made the decision to use all of the donations she’d been given to send out her first 40 art kits. The kits were collected and sent to a homeless shelter in New York. It wasn’t long before Phaire and her parents set up an Amazon wishlist account for the art supplies.

Before the pandemic, Phaire and her mother delivered almost 1,000 kits to kids in foster care homes, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence.

At the time, Phaire and her mother traveled around to give kids their kits in person. Since the start of the pandemic, however they’ve mailed the kits. “I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” Phaire explained. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”

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