Children Write Letters of Love and Give Them to Homeless People For Valentine's Day
A woman in England on a mission to change the world's perceptions of the homeless has enlisted the help of her community's most impressionable members.
Michelle Langan recently taught a group of children how to reach out to the cold and penniless of Liverpool with simple messages of love.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Langan and a group of volunteers who share her convictions took to the streets to deliver those messages along with much-needed scarves in an act of kindness that warmed both bodies and hearts alike.
"I'd like to see a change of perception," said Langan, a writer who started a community interest company to help those in need tell their stories. "That's why it's important for children to get involved."
With Valentine's Day approaching, Langan took her message to Merchant Taylors' School in Crosby, where she tasked eight- and nine-year-old children with writing positive messages to the homeless.
"I thought it would be nice to show that people cared," Langan told INSIDE EDITION.
Langan told the children to "think about a message you'd like to get if you had no family or home... what would put a smile on your face?"
The results could not have been more heartwarming. They ranged from "I am sure you are a very nice person who has been shown the wrong side of life" to "Please remember that we all care about you" and "I hope superheroes will help you."
On Sunday, as temperatures dipped, Langan hit the streets armed with scarves, warm greetings and a group of volunteers that included adults who'd heard about the campaign just through social media, area children and one little girl who happened to have written a message of her own at Merchant Taylors' School.
The group handed out scarves pinned with the children's messages and tied them around trees for the homeless to take.
But, most importantly, they reached out and said hello.
"This could be the only time a person communicates all day," Langan explained. "They loved it."
One gentleman in particular took a scarf and read his note and told volunteers, "that's really put a smile on my face."
Langan said she hopes her project is just the start of a worldwide change.
"It only takes one adult to explain to children how people end up homeless," said Langan, who envisions the message spreading from "Manchester to London to the rest of the world to inspire children everywhere."
You can see more inspiring photos of Langan's project by checking out the Twitter feed of her organization The Story Arc.