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Lisa Steele Lisa Steele wrote on November 21, 2017 at 9:44 am:
My husband has had ongoing medical concerns for a year with a broken ankle, including seven surgeries. Our church has kindly been bringing us meals. When I wrote the thank you cards to these wonderful individuals, I included a "You Matter" card, because they do matter. That people can take time out of their busy lives to bestow kindness on people in need are very worthy of the "You Matter" reminder. God bless them and this program!
Bradley Bradley wrote on November 15, 2017 at 12:38 am:
As my students and I prepared breakfast at a shelter for displaced children, women, and men, I put out You Matter cards at every place setting. When one young lady came to get her breakfast, she just said a simple, "thank you, I needed that." Sometimes that's all it takes...the feeling that one gets that she belongs; she is cared for; she matters. This reinforces in me how important it is for each of us to be seen; to not be forgotten about.
Laura McNeeley Laura McNeeley wrote on November 14, 2017 at 8:36 am:
This is my second "You Matter Marathon" and I am loving participating in it again! I even ordered an additional box for this years marathon in anticipation for the month of good feelings I get when sharing them!
Last weekend while on a out of town trip I almost felt like the "Easter Bunny" leaving the cards in random locations,in the airports and with fellow travelers. A card to each of the flight crew was fun to hand out as we de-planed (and that included the cleaning crew waiting to board the plane). The rental car agent wanted to tape his to the credit card machine to share with his customers. A bathroom mirror here, a passenger there, I was glad to have enough cards to indulge myself as much as I wanted to!
I drive a school bus for an elementary school and a jr. high school and have attached a card in my bus so my students could view it as they are leaving or coming on it. I also plan on giving a card to each of them (I have approximately 72 Jr, High and 50 Elementary!) and attaching a cool sticker on the back of the cards.
Thank you for providing this amazing experience!
Annette Fletcher Annette Fletcher wrote on November 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm:
I received a "You Matter" card from my co-worker Dana Wise and I was sooo touched. I thought she had come up with it all on her own. I was moved to tears, cause it was JUST what the Dr. had ordered, I held them back when I went by to thank her. I am ecstatic that this is a "THING"!!!! I will share my 30 cards!!! Thank You!!!!
Carol M Dance Carol M Dance wrote on November 12, 2017 at 6:48 pm:
I have been sharing the You Matter Experience with my students this year. My wonderful older sister purchased 500 cards for my sister and me to use with our students. I first started with the video, and in no time at all, my students were on board. I first gave each of them two cards and they were to give them to someone in the school. We discussed possible people to give them to. Next, two cards went home with them and they could give them to someone in their family. Next, I gave them two more cards and told them they could not be given at school, or to a family member, but to someone in their community. The story they came back with were awesome!. One student gave a card to a mother with active little ones, another to a homeless man who wanted a hug, but she said no, but you matter. It is rewarding to see my students make a difference in the lives of others with a simple card. Thank you. PS. YOU Matter!
Kate mccorry Kate mccorry wrote on November 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm:
I gave my cards out at my work , I work in a hospital and thought some co-workers and some sweet elderly patients one coworker held on to hers in her pocket said I made her day, a patient smiled and said it put sunshine in her day since she missed her family a small gesture and a caring humble feeling makes it worth all to both me and the receiver I felt really humble and hoped I made a difference in letting others know they matter I don't have much and have made a huge life change myself, I Try to just say a kind word or smile or just give a positive gesture.
Karen Sweeney Karen Sweeney wrote on November 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm:
Today I had a very special occasion to give out a you matter card. I work for a municipal building as their receptionist. I speak to everyone that comes in the door about the issues that they have. Today a nice woman named Audrey came in and was a little sad. I asked if she was ok and she said that her mom had recently passed. As she started to tear up, I told her that I had lost my mom too. I tried to tell her that it will get better, then handed her a box of tissues and walked over to her to give her a big hug. I also handed her a "you matter" card which made her cry more-but a good cry- like she knew she mattered. I made a new friend today and she promised to visit me again to telll me how she is doing. I cried too- it was beautiful.
Mish Mish wrote on November 7, 2017 at 9:21 am:
Have been sharing these cards with every Service person I come in contact with. Very well received & gifted me with so many wonderful smiles and a few warm hugs in return. It's simply wonderful ❤️
Sharry Gilliam Sharry Gilliam wrote on November 6, 2017 at 8:00 am:
It may sound a little cliché to say "you never know what someone else is going through' but I experienced first hand just how much truth there is to this statement. I decided to give my first card to a random stranger. I did not know when or where this would happen but decided to just trust my gut. I was waiting in line to check out at a department store and engaged in conversation with another lady. By the end of the conversation, I knew she would be the recipient of my first card. When I handed her the card, she began to cry and shared her story of a recent battle with breast cancer. There I stood in the middle of the store with a perfect stranger, crying with her, while also letting her know she matters. My story doesn't end there. I had one more purchase to make at the same store. While paying for my merchandise, my gut told me to give the cashier a "you matter" card. Again, when I handed her the card she began to cry. She too shared a story with me. She had just escaped a five-year physically abusive relationship. Once again, I found myself standing in the middle of a department store crying with a total stranger. Giving the "you matter" card to these ladies touched my life just as much as it touched theirs. I smiled all the way home.
Kimberly West Kimberly West wrote on November 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm:
My son just turned 9 on Halloween n is a special needs child with Down Syndrome. He has two aids that help him thru the day at school. One of his aids has a special need child herself n she always works tirelessly with the kids in her class. She always has a smile on her face. I keep my pouch of cards in my car as to remind me of always b on the look out for someone that needs one. Yesterday she seemed down n not smiling n when I asked what was wrong she of course said nothing. I reached in my car n told her ya know i dont know whats goin on but i do know that you matter. Whatever is goin on i want you to know you matter to me, these kids, n this school. She immediately started crying n hugged my neck n said i made her day. She said ahe needed to hear that. Thank you for allowing me to b apart of this great campaign. My older kids are getting in the act also.
Mearajoy Mearajoy wrote on November 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm:
I am giving away several cards in small envelope which includes a second card with short note that asks the recipient to pass along the second card to someone who least expects to receive it. Also prompting the receiver to keep the first card somewhere they will remember to view it for self discovery.
Shea Lindblad Shea Lindblad wrote on November 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm:
I am a teacher and I wanted to give each child in my homeroom a You Matter card and sign it. As they came into class this morning they each had one on their desk. Many of them smiled and said Thank you. Then I went around and shared with each of them why they mattered to me. It created a great atmosphere and encouraged communication.
Judy Judy wrote on November 1, 2017 at 10:36 am:
I just gave out my first You Matter card. I thought it would be to someone down and out to help lift them up. To my surprise, I gave it to one of the most upbeat person I have ever met. A preschool director. I have known her over a year and have Never seen her without a smile, a kind word for everyone, etc. when I saw her this morning I thought even the most upbeat person wants to know they matter. She hugged me and thanked me and I walked away feeling I gave it to the right person to start off the marathon!
Kenna Richardson Kenna Richardson wrote on November 1, 2017 at 10:01 am:
First let me say when I saw You Matter I was very excited. I am so glad I heard about the program on a news report and decided to participate.
Years ago in the 1990's I was given a ribbon with much the same intent. I was attending a conference for work and the ribbons were passed around to the participants. We were told to make a difference by passing on our ribbon. When I left the room I saw someone who appeared to need inspiration. Therefore, I passed my ribbon on to a gentleman who I only knew briefly but felt he had a kind heart and wonderful spirit. From that day we have discussed the ribbon and he shared how much he appreciated the kindness. To this day he is still a special friend who is near and dear to my heart.
Ramona C. Bradshaw Ramona C. Bradshaw wrote on September 28, 2017 at 7:31 am:
Last night while waiting for my husband of 15 years to come home after a 12 hour shift. I was taken back by a phone call, "I'm ok" but the bike... I quickly asked "Are YOU ok?" The motorcycle can be replaced but "You Matter" more than the bike! My husband knew that my 1999 Springer Softail belong to my late brother and it was my pride and joy. It broke his heart to lay it down when a deer ran out of the dark. I can't imagine life without him by my side!
When I turned on the morning news I heard of the "You Matter Marathon" and it was eye opening moment. If I could only give one to each of victims of the recent disasters and the people working with the humanitarian crisis. To give hope in a time of despair is what we all need in this day and time. Thank you for this program it is a blessing to know that someone hears our cry for help and is willing to reach out. 🙂
Dr. Nell Rodgers Dr. Nell Rodgers from Dr. Nell Rodgers wrote on April 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm:
THANK YOU! I keep them in my pocket, my purse, at my front door, in my car, etc. I have given out my first 1000 and am well into the second. The responses and "stories" are wonderful, wonder-full, amazing and filling. What terrific movement you have begun.
Bobby Besenfelder Bobby Besenfelder wrote on November 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm:
My husband and I are handing out "You Matter" cards this month and the experience has been amazing! You touch people's lives and they yours that would never have happened if not for this marathon. I want to share one encounter that will remain with me forever.
I was in an elevator, at a motel, while on a weekend away. A young man, very emaciated dripping wet in his bathing suit got in with me. I commented on him taking a swim and he said he took a "soak" in the hot tub. The conversation went further, me asking him where he was from and was he on holiday. His response, "I have given up the will to live and I am checking things off my bucket list." My heart dropped and I reached into my purse, saying that I had something for him, and gave him a "You Matter" card as we got out of the elevator. He read it, shook his head, and we walked in silence a few feet to our room, which were next door to each other. I heard him mumble under his breath as he entered his room, "I'll be damned. I matter."
Melissa Melissa wrote on November 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm:
First off, Thank You Cheryl for taking a leap and bringing this project to life! I have given my cards in person to 11 strangers and it is an interesting experience. My inner critic speaks up and tells me "they are not going to get this or they will think you are nuts"! I'm happy to report that my inner critic has gone silent. Every stranger has had a positive reaction to these cards. I have given them for co workers to find and have sent a few in the mail. I love spreading kindness and love!
RoMaLa Crochet RoMaLa Crochet wrote on November 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm:
The cards arrived on time and I am enjoying distributing them so far. People have been positive upon receiving the cards. I look fwd to opportunities to put another smile on someone's face.
Linda Jackim Linda Jackim wrote on November 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm:
The "You Matter" marathon has been a heart-warming experience for me as I have secretly and sometimes not so secretly delivered this powerful message. These two words have touched the lives of family members, custodians, educational support staff, and security personnel at my school and people who are currently navigating difficult circumstances in their lives. Today over 50 teachers opened a training manual that contained a "You Matter" card. I saw the look on their faces. One person had tears in her eyes and others smiled. This group is preparing to facilitate conversations with our 9th graders on topics related to identity, dignity/empathy. stereotypes/biases and community. "You Matter" = "We All Matter." I can't be me without you.

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