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Local letter writing campaign aims to raise awareness of the power of encouraging words

Letters of Hope, a nonprofit group headquartered in Lake Ridge, has stationed a “Letter Creation Pop Up,” until Oct. 31 at Orangetheory Fitness, 4172 Merchant Plaza, Woodbridge, VA 22192, and is asking residents to create encouraging letters for local homeless people and people who are ill. 

Letters of Hope founder Michelle Soto was quoted in a news release as saying, “Partnering with a local franchise to create encouraging letters to those in need is critical to bring attention to the power of encouragement. We are thankful and hope the community join in on the letter creation; it is a classic powerful way to encourage people! We can make a large difference with support from our community.”

Supporters can go to the pop up at the business in Merchant Plaza and write a letter. “Our goal is to have 500 letters to distribute,” Soto said.

Letter of Hope’s purpose is to spread hope through hand-written encouraging letters to people dealing with hardships. The organization’s motto is “words matter,” Soto added..

Members of the group believe a set of words can change a person’s life and mindset. Each letter is hand-written with positive, encouraging words that can help others tackle a hard situation. Last year the organization provided 10,000 letters and this year the goal is 30,000 letters, according to Soto.

The Letter Creation Pop Up is open through the end of October during Orangetheory Fitness Lake Ridge’s business hours.

For information call Michelle Soto at 571-494-1924 or 703-389-0674, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to The g.roup can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

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