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Messages Of Hope Being Collected In University Circle

Posted May 14, 2020 in Articles

Author: Chris Mosby

CLEVELAND — University Circle residents are being asked to share their stories of resilience and hope as part of a new project. The stories should be written out and dropped in the "Big Yellow Mailbox" in the University Circle East Plaza.

The mailbox is operated by Never, Ever Give Up and is there to spark joy and hope during the new coronavirus crisis.Never, Ever Give Up is a community-based project. The group started by collecting one-page stories from people around Northeast Ohio, all answering the same prompt: What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the team's mission has changed. Submissions should now share stories of hope, gratitude or encouragement. The stories will be sent to Northeast Ohioans who have been impacted by the virus.

"Now more than ever, it's important to be able to connect with others," said Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. "Letters of Hope is the perfect way to reach one another with inspiration, empathy, and support. Every day we see the inspiring work of our healthcare and front-line workers in University Circle and beyond. This is one more way to reach our hometown heroes and heroes across the globe fighting this pandemic with messages of encouragement from our University Circle family."

The stories are submitted anonymously and are then shared in various ways. The mailbox is being rotated throughout Northeast Ohio and was previously located in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.

"When it seems like you are powerless against the hurt and suffering you see, creating hope and sharing it with others is a way to take back some of that power. Hope is essential as we move forward. We need people to keep creating light in our world," says Allison Meyer, creator of Never, Ever Give Up Cleveland.

The first Never, Ever Give Up mailbox was installed during the summer of 2019 at Hart Crane Park in the Flats.

Original Article: https://patch.com/ohio/cleveland/messages-hope-being-collected-university-circle

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