Spread the love

Everyone is urged to participate in the Spread the Love fundraiser for Isaiah 117 House. The fundraiser provides an opportunity to give a surprise gift of love to friends, families, businesses or organizations in the area through a display of heart signs in the yard that greet them when they wake up. Hearts stay in place for 24 hours before volunteers collect and move them to another participant on their list. Participants may order the hearts anonymously, if desired. Visit isaiah117house.com/spreadthelove for more information.

The Isaiah 117 House of Coffee-Franklin-Grundy County is inviting the community to spread the love while raising funds for the organization, which provides a comforting home for children in Franklin, Grundy and Coffee counties awaiting foster placement.

The friendly and loving volunteers of Isaiah 117 House provide these children with clean clothes, smiles, toys and blankets while they wait for foster arrangements.

Spread the Love fundraiser

Everyone is urged to participate in the Spread the Love fundraiser which will provide an opportunity to give the gift of love to friends, families, businesses or organizations in the area.

The love is spread through the placement of groups of hearts secretly set up by volunteers at night or in the early morning in the yards of a loved one or businesses. 

The hearts will then be a sweet surprise for the recipient when they wake up.

Hearts stay in the yard or business for 24 hours before volunteers collect and move them to another participant on their list.

Participants may order the hearts anonymously or they can announce who ordered the heart signs.

To join in, coordinator Susan Johnson said to visit the Isaiah 117 House website at isaiah117house.com/spreadthelove.

A link will lead to a secure order form where you will be asked to donate at least $50.

You will include the information on where you want the hearts to be placed.

Volunteers process the applications and determine when and where to place the collection of heart signs, depending on who is next on their list.

Once the hearts are in place, helpers take photos of the spread and post them on social media to show off the love being shared throughout the community.

 “This is a good way not only to help the children but also to bring some love and kindness to everyone,” Johnson said.

The fundraiser may be extended throughout the rest of the year, depending on its popularity.

So far, the fundraiser has brought hearts all over Coffee, Franklin and Grundy counties, though Johnson said she’s received requests to place them in areas she hadn’t originally thought about, such as cancer survivors, for friends and neighbors outside of their three-county area and more.

“It’s nice seeing how people are thinking of others in this way,” she said. “People have nominated people that I didn’t think about when I started this. We’ve got some people that have specified to have them placed on a certain day, like for a birthday.”

And those who wish to participate can sign up and pay for as many recipients as they would like.

All they need to do is input how many donations they would like to make to spread their love, and the volunteers will take it from there.

About Isaiah 117 House

Now under construction, Isaiah 117 House broke ground at the future home of its new facility in Monteagle in October 2020. The Isaiah 117 House project officially kicked off in August 2019.

For general information or volunteer opportunities with the organization, contact Johnson at 931-570-2002, send an email to susan@isaiah117house.com or visit the organization’s Facebook page.