Heart-2-Heart Letter-Writing Campaign

Background

The College of Nursing, in partnership with the Fayette County 4-H youth development program (part of the UK Cooperative Extension Program), collaborated in the inaugural launch of Heart-2-Heart letter-writing campaign. The campaign first focused on collecting letters, cards, and messages from Lexington-area schools, churches, and other organizations to send to healthcare workers battling COVID-19 on the frontlines at hospitals throughout Kentucky and the United States. 

As of the end of June 2020, the campaign has mailed out more than 1200 letters/cards to 80 hospitals across 15 states.

Purpose

Founded by UK CON's Dr. Camille Burnett, the Heart-2-Heart campaign aspires to demonstrate the College’s commitment to the values of nursing:  compassionate care, empathy, hope, and healing. It is an action-oriented outreach approach that leans into targeted populations facing difficult times to let them know that they are seen and they matter. Research shows that such expressions of gratitude, compassion, and empathy are proven ways to improve mental health and promote healing; and that the letter-writing approach benefits the well-being of both the writer and the recipient. (see Benefits of Therapeutic Writing)

About

The Heart-2-Heart campaign connects targeted groups in need of support with those who are willing to help.  The campaign asks the general public to write letters or create cards that offer thanks, encouragement, and support to different groups in their time of need. 

The campaign initially launched as a means to show support for frontline healthcare workers battling COVID-19.  It is now expanding to reach other groups through letters and messages of support.

Current letter-writing opportunities

  1. Frontline healthcare workers battling COVID-19
  2. Frontline agricultural workers providing safe & efficient food supplies during COVID-19

Get Involved

Heart-2-Heart for Healthcare Workers

The general public is invited to write letters, make cards, draw pictures or share any messages that offer comfort and hope to help carry our healthcare workers through the difficult shifts, days, and weeks ahead. 

Blank cards are also available for pick-up and to fill out at Fayette County Extension office (email heart2heart@uky.edu to make arrangements for pick-up or drop off).

GUIDELINES for the letters:

  • First names and last initial only
  • No last names and no addresses
  • Can identify your occupation, job title or other qualification (i.e. student, business owner)
  • Can identify your county and state

People may drop off their Heart-2-Heart letters, cards, etc. at designated boxes outside the below Lexington locations. No postage is needed. Letters will be picked up from these drop boxes weekly and mailed out in bundles to acute care hospitals/sites throughout Kentucky and across the United States.

Drop off sites:

  • Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way
  • Tates Creek Middle School 1105 Centre Parkway, Lexington, KY 40517
  • Sandersville Elementary 3025 Sandersville Road, Lexington, KY 40511
  • Deep Springs 1919 Brynell Drive, Lexington, KY 40505
  • Meadowthorpe Elementary 1710 North Forbes Road, Lexington, KY 40511
  • James Lane Allen Elementary 1901 Appomattox Road, Lexington, KY 40504
  • Julius Marks Elementary 3277 Pepperhill Road, Lexington, KY 40502
  • Athens Chilesburg Elementary 930 Jouett Creek Drive, Lexington, KY 40509
  • Consolidated Baptist Church 1625 Russell Cave Rd, Lexington, KY 40505

Heart-2-Heart for the Kentucky Agricultural Community 

The agriculture industry provides a safe and efficient food supply, while also supporting local economies. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the challenges that agriculture workers face every day.

The public can help raise awareness and support the Kentucky agriculture industry by writing letters and/or posting on social media. 

Letters/cards

Download the #KentuckyLovesAg stationery, note cards, and coloring cards and include in “Brown Bags” or “Programs-to-Go.”  Encourage individuals to write thank you notes to the KY agriculture industry. Include the attached instruction sheet with the stationery and cards. Cards can be collected at the county level or mailed individually to: FCS Extension, 102 Erikson Hall, Lexington, KY 40506.  Cards collected at the county level should also be mailed to 102 Erikson Hall, Lexington, KY 40506. Notes and cards will be mailed individually to farmers, food processors, and livestock auctions.

Social media 

  • Visit the CAFE's Facebook page and select ‘Try this frame' or visit your Profile Frames home here and search #KentuckyLovesAg
  • Set it to fit your current profile photo or upload a new one
  • UK Departmental pages (campus or Extension) are not to use the frame on their page’s profile – use on your personal page instead

Share the #KentuckyLovesAg social media profile frame from the college’s Facebook page and encourage your social media followers to update their profile frame.

Download the #KentuckyLovesAg campaign sign, and include in “Brown Bags” or “Programs-to-Go” from the local County Extension Office.  Encourage individuals to write on the sign why they love KY AG and take their photo with the completed sign to share on social media tagging your county page and using the hashtags #KentuckyLovesAg and #KYH2H.

Resources to download

#KentuckyLovesAg Heart-2-Heart webpage

Contact

For questions about the Heart-2-Heart campaign or for information on how to get involved, contact heart2heart@uky.edu.

News 

Release: UK Colleges of Nursing, Agriculture launch Heart-2-Heart Letter-Writing Campaign (April 24, 2020)

Release: UK's Heart-2-Heart Campaign Expands to Ag Community (July 6, 2020)

Thanks to our collaborators

Fayette County 4-H Youth Extension Program

Caring Cards

American Association of Suicidology

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Cattleman’s Association