By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer
Gathering together to handwrite letters to Kenyan orphans, Tennessee State University students partnered with nonprofit “Letters in Motion” to give hope to those without hope.
The program also gives college students the opportunity to travel, make a change in children’s lives and have an impact. TSU students reached out to the organization to take the initiative in providing companionship and messages of hopefulness to orphans around the globe.
What most noticeably separates Letters in Motion apart from others is that a select group of students involved are given the opportunity to hand deliver their labor of love.
In the previous year, the organization succeeded in transporting eight students who delivered 3,000 letters to the Nepal orphans. This year, Elizabeth Sanders, district coordinator for the Nashville area, hopes to deliver over 5,000 letters to Kenya with 15 students and revisit Nepal with 40 students.
The primary goal of “Letters in Motion” is to give college students the ability to make a global impact even in small ways. “The make up of a letter is pretty simple,” says Sanders. “Every letter begins with ‘Hi my name is’, a simple introduction of the student’s interest, and either a favorite Bible verse or quote. The letter is so simple, but it’s something that can have a lasting effect.”
For this reason, the Motions crew generates a large quantity of letters so that the children may receive a letter throughout the year. It reaffirms the connections between the students and orphans.
When asked what she would like to tell TSU students who hope to get involved, Sanders said, “What I want to see from TSU is college students taking charge, leaving a positive mark on the world, and making a global change by being the leaders of that project. And my personal goal is to help them accomplish such a lofty purpose.”
For those looking to get involved with “Letters in Motion”, students can contact Elizabeth Sanders, district coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org