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Send a Valentine - YOU Deserve Love

$295 of $1,663 goal

Raised by 12 people in 2 months
Created October 31, 2018
You Deserve Love
Help my young son send a message to Capitol Hill and Death Row - YOU deserve love no matter what!

We have created  cards with this simple message (designed by my preschooler) to remind prisoners and politicians of their dignity and worth, and in turn ours.  

We aim to send one card to each Death Row prisoner and an email to Congress members in a coordinated mass mailing on Valentine's Day 2019.

The cards are going out no matter what, however we would GREATLY appreciate help with postage, stationery, and printing costs.  Here's what we need:

$1650 postage ($0.55 per card recipient)
$213 envelopes
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$1863     total



Where to send direct donations:
If you know Claire in person and want to hand her a book of stamps or box of envelopes, FANTASTIC!  Otherwise,  please send checks and all other donations to:

Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren
950 Heather Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

If you choose to send a paper check your donations are tax deductible and also reduce web processing fees on our end.  Please make paper checks to Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren.  Please write in the memo line: "You Deserve Love."

Let's show our children what community can do!  Help us send a message of love and support to Death Row prisoners.  Also help us remind our politicians who and what is at stake in their pursuit of justice .

We are proudly endorsed (and inspired) by Death Row Support Project  and On Earth Peace.  Please visit to learn more about DRSP's and OEP's critical peace and justice work.

Thank you for your support!


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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Why are we sending love to Congress AND Death Row?
Our initial idea was to send everyone on Death Row a Valentine because Claire has a few friends on Death Row.  Claire thought it would be hilarious to take the possibly illegal action of listing Congress as the return address on the Valentines.  She hoped this would result in Congress receiving some admiration and notes of gratitude in return from inmates.   One thought led to another, and we realized we could get our true message across better (and legally) by sending both groups Valentines directly.

Is this a volunteer project or are there paid staff ?
Entirely volunteer.

What do you intend to do with any excess funds?
This depends on the amount of excess and if/how this project expands.  Any excess funds from this particular campaign will be put back towards greeting cards/stationery/postage for Death Row inmates either through Death Row Support Project or this project.   

What will be on the first card you send?


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Update 5
Posted by Claire Flowers
6 days ago
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We are so grateful today for a dear friend and church brother who helped us format our inmate mailing data. You are seeing this correctly - 2,713 persons are sentenced to die! We currently have the postage to send 500 cards and as well as all the stationary and printing supplies we need, which is just so awesome. We have printed out half of what we intend to send and are going to start prepping for the mailing soon (mail takes a LONG time to get distributed in prisons). Thank you to all who are sending this message of love with us. If you know any like-minded souls who might want to send this message with us, please talk us up. We still need postage for 2,200 people.
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Update 4
Posted by Claire Flowers
10 days ago
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Exciting news: A good friend printed out our cards today! We are so lucky to know really great people. On the other hand, in our process we learned that some prisons won't allow greeting cards or documents other than black ink on notebook paper- so we decided to handwrite our friends in those prisons. Did you know you can write "You deserve love no matter what?" 150 times in an one hour? We didn't! We're getting closer to our deadline and we still would appreciate help with postage. Don't forget - postage increases in a few weeks. Buy your postage soon!
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Update 3
Posted by Claire Flowers
18 days ago
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URGENT - Save money and buy your stamps now! First class postage is increasing $.05 per stamp in a few weeks.

As a thank you for this friendly notice we gladly welcome a book of stamps (if you're headed to the post office now anyway) or a monetary contribution. Any money received in the next couple of weeks will be spent immediately on purchasing postage before the rate increase.

Thank you for supporting the You Deserve Love Project.
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Update 2
Posted by Claire Flowers
1 month ago
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We recently received a great idea from On Earth Peace that will ensure YOUR FUNDS ENTIRELY SUPPORT PRISONERS. All congresspersons will receive an e-greeting of the same card the prisoners receive. This solution not only reduces our expenses by about $300, it is also more environmentally friendly. Thank you to all who have already so generously donated! Please continue to share the love about our project with friends and family. Send us a message if you would like a flyer to print out for your civic groups, churches, offices, etc. We will work on posting one here soon.
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