“In the midst of confusion and sadness, we come together to learn the powerful lesson of love.”
These words were crafted by three young children who reacted to the most recent tragedy in Orlando, FL and they are inspiring thousands in Central Florida and around the country. After the senseless tragedy in Orlando, many of us have been left with so many feelings, that it is hard to do anything in the days following this horrific news. When tragedy strikes, it is easy to get engulfed in the details from many news outlets and the internet, but three children from Winter Garden, FL have decided to help in the only way they know how…with love. Guided by their parents, three siblings (Gavin, Victoria and Jacquelyn) created felt hearts with a small tag attached to them, and distributed them to people in and around the Orlando area.
The idea to hang the hearts, which has grown into a city-wide movement using the hashtags #hangaheart and #standwithorlando, was started by the three children themselves. Victoria said to her mom, Amanda, “I wish we had some money to donate to help.” Amanda let her children know that there are other ways to help that do not involve money. They organized a sit-down meeting. Jacquelyn had remembered that she took a sewing class where they learned to sew hearts not too long ago. Excitedly, she told her brother (Gavin) and her sister that they could make hearts and give them to people! With that, the idea was born and the kids stayed up all day that day and the next, sewing multi-colored hearts. The goal was simple; to spread love across Orlando and all of Central Florida.
This type of overwhelmingly kind gesture is one that will never be forgotten. In a time of so much sadness, such an act of selflessness and love shines above everything else. The hearts being distributed one after the other, each a different color, symbolize the diversity in everyone’s heart. The children will continue to distribute hearts, but their generosity will continue on forever. May we all learn from Gavin, Victoria and Jacquelyn. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit Gavin, Victoria and Jacquelyn on their facebook page Hang A Heart With Gavin, Victoria and Jacquelyn.You can also follow them on Instagram by clicking HERE.