My name is Bree and I’m a senior in high school. I volunteer with National Voices for Equality Education & Enlightenment, a bullying and suicide prevention 501c3 non profit based in Miami-Dade and Broward County in Florida. In light of the recent tragedy we, the Youth Advisory Council, are wanting to show support the best way we can as young people with limited financial resources but powerful voices. We are asking the community to join our #LettersToOrlando campaign in order to send handwritten letters, post cards, drawings, poems, etc. of support that will be delivered to the LGBT Center in Orlando, the families and loved ones, and those recovering in the hospital.
We ask that you make the letters powerful, encouraging, authentic and full of love and support. If you personally knew someone affected by this, consider sharing with their loved ones how they impacted your life and the lives of those around them. What were some of their favorite places to volunteer or visit. You may have shared special moments and got to see them do some amazing thing and now is the time to share those positive things with their families. Additionally, keep in mind that some of the families may be finding out for the first time that their child is part of the LGBT community.
Some of these letters will remain at the LGBT Center as a symbol of our love. If you choose to write to a specific family please include their name on the outside of the envelope. If you live in another country and would rather email something – send it to info@NVEEE.org and our council will gladly handwrite it for you.
Please mail your letters to
c/o (Insert name of victim so their family will receive it)
PO Box 23837
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33307
As we would like to be able to reach those in their time of need, the due date for the letters is June 26.
UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming amount of support and letters we have received we have extended the date to Sunday, July 10th.
SunServe will offer free grief counseling to anyone affected by the nightclub massacre at Pulse in Orlando. This has been named the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and we honor the lives of our LGBTQ family members and allies we lost in this tragic event. Please call Katy Yankie at (954) 764-5150 ext. 105 to secure the support you need. We stand with the entire community today and always.
If you are able to donate money, this fund is administered by Equality Florida, a highly respected and fully-audited activist organization. https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund