Making a Difference with a Message of Hope

Feb 14, 2020 | Native Hope

Today, we celebrate love, caring, and compassion for others. Thank you for sharing messages with people who need your support.

Why is Valentine’s Day so popular? It is the one day a year that we recognize a simple card, message, or letter as enough to fill our hearts. Yes, of course, candy and flowers are added bonuses, but in reality, the words are what matter today. “You’re Sweet. I love you. You matter. Hugs and Kisses. I am proud of you. Soul Mate. Friends. Be Mine”—simple sentiments with inexplicable power.

Earlier this week, I received a letter in the mail from an inmate—his third correspondence. The letter made me understand the value of my work here at Native Hope: people need a connection to have hope. “I know we don’t know each other, but I already appreciate you enough to say ‘thank you,’ thank you for bringing a smile to my face!” His letter reminded me there are so many in need of positive communication—communication that demonstrates caring.  

Today, our team set out to do just that with a little help from you! We received nearly 200 messages for delivery to members of the Kul Wicasa and Hunkpati Oyates [tribes]. You sent your stories, your favorite poems, or your heartfelt greetings.

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Jennifer, Ashley, and Iris visited the tribal halls, the casinos, a suicide prevention center, and other popular places that community members gather. They pinned your Valentine wishes to boards or gave them to individuals. It is our wish that these sentiments fill the hearts of those who need it most.

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Wopila Tanka, many thanks! You have made a difference in someone’s life today.

Remember a simple gesture, smile, note,  simple "hello" can save a life. Native Hope celebrates all those who are willing to take notice of those whose hurt is hidden from view.

Wopila Tanka, many thanks! You have made a difference in someone’s life today.