Help write notes


We're always in need of handwritten notes in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or Tagalog with English translation to attach to our care packages. The goal is to let our elderly recipients feel the joy from your decorations and brighten their day with our deliveries. For illustration inspiration, take a look at the Notes highlight on our Instagram.​​


  • Volunteers supply their own materials and supplies to create the handwritten notes. 

  • Dimensions of the notes should stay within/around 7" x 5".

  • Write legibly, clearly, with large characters/letters in black/dark ink. We always suggest using a black sharpie marker so that your message is clear and easy to read.

  • Add variation to your positive and uplifting messages each time you volunteer. Click here and swipe right to see the different examples of messages that you can copy!

  • Don't read/write Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, or Vietnamese? We encourage Apple Translations or Google Translate, that's exactly how we started in the early days!

  • NO photocopying! Each note MUST be handwritten or they will not be used.

  • Illustrate and decorate on the same note around your message. For the illustrations/decorations, please use bright, vivid, cheerful colors. Colored markers and acrylic pens are wonderful supplies that bring out the vivid colors!

  • Write in batches of 50 notes (50 notes, 100 notes, 150 notes, 200 notes, etc.) Please use rubber bands or sheets of paper to batch each set of 50 notes. 

  • For each batch, use a post-it or scrap paper to let us know what language you wrote your message in and how many notes are in each batch and your Instagram handle if you have one! This helps us sort through and keep thousands of notes organized and passed on to the right Elderly recipient! 


To finish

Take pictures or a time lapse (under 15 secs) of your creation and share it with us on Instagram. Tag us @heartofdinner, we love sharing your amazing creations.

Local NYC dropoff at our outpost

*Stop by Partybus Bakeshop to dropoff:

31 Essex Street

New York, NY 10002

(between Grand Street & Hester Street)

Tue-Sun: 9am - 4pm 

*Stop by anytime during their store hours and kindly let the Partybus Bakeshop team know that you'd like to pass them your completed handwritten notes so they can help store them for us, thank you!

If mailing in

Please mail notes to:

Heart of Dinner

31 Howard Street


New York, NY 10013

A tremendous thank you for your generosity and your time. We deeply appreciate you, and can't wait to see what you'll create.

Heart of Dinner is fiscally sponsored through Edward Charles Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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