The Yellow Envelope Project
In November 2016 I bought 100 yellow envelopes and asked the readers of my blog if I could mail them one. The only rule? They had to use their yellow envelope to commit a random act of kindness.
The response was incredible.
Within four days, I ran out of envelopes. Then a reader donated money to send 50 more. A few days later another reader funded an additional 60. Since it’s inception in mid-November 2016, We’ve mailed yellow envelopes to 37 states and 23 countries.
Readers started emailing to say that they’d purchased their own yellow envelopes and were distributing them with love. A former kindergarten teacher in Washington State gave 110 to the kindergartners at her school. A fellow traveler sent out 80+ yellow envelopes with her holiday cards.
I estimate that nearly 600 random acts of kindness have been unleashed upon the world in yellow envelopes… and we’re just getting started!
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Can I send you a yellow envelope?
Join this campaign of kindness! Email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an envelope! I try to get your envelope out to you within the week, but please be patient as I hand-stuff each envelope with the help of my assistant:
Once you’ve received your envelope, please use it to pay it forward in some way. Write a note to someone you love and hand it to them in the envelope, mail a donation to a non-profit that you support, stuff a gift card inside and give it to a stranger… the possibilities are endless. The only rule is that the envelope must be used as a vehicle for kindness.
Follow The Yellow Envelope Facebook Page to share your story or to read stories from those that have given away, or received, a yellow envelope.
Thank you to these generous donors that have helped cover the cost of envelopes and postage: