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Handwritten Note Project


A warm welcome to Heart of Dinner's Handwritten Note Project! 

At Heart of Dinner, we believe in the power of love and care transcending linguistic barriers. Our handwritten notes, integral to our nourishing care packages delivered to the homes of our Elder beneficiaries, were inspired by a deeply personal love story. Our founders, as romantic partners, wrote love notes and letters to each other, and one of our founders cherished the love notes her mom left for her while going to work, so she wouldn't feel lonely as a child. These heartfelt gestures fostered a sense of love, embrace, and being seen—feelings the founders wanted to pass on to our Elders, especially those living with loneliness and isolation. 

Regardless of language proficiency, we warmly invite everyone to join our note-writing volunteer activity. You don't need to be fluent or even familiar with the language to participate. Like our founders, who relied on translation tools to share their heartfelt messages, we believe that showing up with our time and efforts is a beautiful way of sharing love and making people feel seen, connected, and cherished.

This year in 2024, our needs have evolved. We are now fully stocked on handwritten notes in all languages except Traditional Chinese and Thai. Your contribution of handwritten notes, especially in Traditional Chinese, would be immensely valuable. Scroll to the bottom of this page for sample phrases in Traditional Chinese and/or Thai that you are welcome to copy by hand. 

This thoughtful gesture is more than just words on paper, it's a bridge across generations, a symbol of respect and acknowledgment of their identity and heritage. Please follow the instructions below to abide by Heart of Dinner's guidelines to ensure that your efforts will bring joy, warmth, and comfort to our beneficiaries. Thank you for your time and effort in making a meaningful difference in our communities!


  • Please supply your own materials and supplies.

  • Please use note cards that are either 3" x 5" or 4" x 6" in size. Us available note cards you might have at home, or purchase them at a local shop, or you can also purchase them from our shop here.

  • Write on only one side of the handwritten note.

  • Pen your message in black or dark ink so that it's easy on the eyes for our senior beneficiaries to read with ease.

  • Write legibly, clearly, with large characters/letters.

  • If you're looking for inspiration for different uplifting messages to write to our senior beneficiaries, scroll to the bottom of this page. There, you can find volunteer-contributed messages in the different languages of our Elder beneficiaries. These are perfect for letting them know that they are valued and appreciated. 

  • Add cheerful visual appeal to your message by illustrating and decorating on the same note. Use bright, vivid, and uplifting colors to bring warmth and joy. Fill up as much of the blank space with colorful decorations! For examples of notes with decorations, please click here.

  • Write in batches of 25 notes and use rubber bands or sheets of paper to batch each set.

  • If you do not read or write the languages, please use translations tools. TIP: We have recently discovered that Apple Translations is quite accurate! ​​​​​​​​​​​


  1. In order to maintain the personal touch of handwritten notes, we kindly ask that each note is handwritten. Refrain from using photocopies.

  2. Businesses, corporations, organizations, and affiliations should not add their brand, logo, or tagline to the notes being attached to Heart of Dinner's care packages. These handwritten notes are not for marketing purposes and should only serve one purpose: to carry out Heart of Dinner's mission to address food insecurity, loneliness, and isolation through our care packages. Handwritten notes received with any branding, logos, or taglines will NOT be used.

  3. Do not include political messages or affiliation on your handwritten notes. We appreciate your contributions in making a difference in our communities and bringing smiles to the faces of our Elderly beneficiaries. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

  4. In all language affiliated with Heart of Dinner or our mission, we only allow for inclusive language. We strictly avoid divisive language, refraining from any speech that could be construed as pitting one community of color against another. Our focus remains steadfast on cultivating a multicultural community, diverse and inclusive, dedicated to highlighting the systemic challenges faced by Asian American older adults through an ethos of care, love, and unity.

Submitting your completed handwritten notes


  • Location: Partybus Bakeshop, 31 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

  • Drop-off Procedure: 

1. Print and fill out this submission slip before arriving. Be sure that the batching instructions included in the submission slip are followed and completed prior to drop-off.

2. Drop-off your handwritten notes during Partybus Bakeshop’s business hours. No need to schedule or call about your drop-off. Simply walk in during their open hours.
3. Drop off your handwritten notes at the counter with the completed submission slip.

  • Do you have further questions about drop-offs? Please do not contact Partybus Bakeshop regarding drop-offs, instead, contact Heart of Dinner directly by clicking here. Thank you! 


  • Address: Heart of Dinner, 31 Howard Street, #404, New York, NY 10013

  • Instructions: If more convenient, mail your handwritten notes to this address with the completed submission slip. Kindly note, this address is solely for mail-ins and is not open to the public for drop-offs or visits. (We don’t yet have a headquarters space to call home, and we hope that will come to fruition in the future!)

  • Do you have further questions about mailing in? Contact Heart of Dinner directly by clicking here. 

Volunteer Community Contributed Messages to Copy

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