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School kids write letters of love to homeless

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-14 20:28:25-05

A British woman and a 150 kids are wrapping the homeless in love and warmth this Valentine's Day.

Michelle Langan, 43, of Liverpool, England, told ABC News that she began collecting scarves for the homeless a few weeks back and later asked the local school children to write uplifting letters that she'd attach to each one.

"I thought it would be nice for the children to increase the awareness of homelessness, but also put a message that would cheer up the [the homeless]," Langan said. "They were really excited [to help.]"

Langan, founder of community organization, The Story Arc, said she launched "Wrapping Liverpool in Love" and invited the children of the nearby Merchant Taylors' School on Feb. 4 to write Valentine's Day cards for the homeless.

Just five days later, she picked up 150 heartwarming cards written by 150 students, ages 8 and 9.

"I think with children, they're so innocent," Langan said." "At the school I work with, [the kids] have homes, a family...I think they felt sad about the fact that there were people that have no family and no homes. That’s why they got involved because they wanted to make someone happy even, if it was just for a few minutes."

Langan said she and volunteers will gather in town on Feb. 14 and encourage strangers to pass along the notes and scarves to the homeless.

"What I'm hoping is that it will encourage people to engage in conversation with homeless people, even if it's just to say hello," she said.

Langan said she hopes her project spreads to different cities across the UK and the world.

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