A Bright Way To Say Thank You

The postal carrier who always delivers packages with a smile. The checker who insists on carrying your groceries to the car, without being asked. The hotel clerk who helped you find a rental car when the whole city was booked. In the crowd of people you encounter every day, you’re sure to find some individuals who radiate excellence — if you just take the time to look.

The Yellow Envelope Project is House of Shine’s initiative to recognize ordinary people who shine, and reward them for their out-of-the-ordinary efforts. In a world where negative news dominates newspapers, TV and radio stations, we’re committed to shining a light on the good. Every month, we’ll choose a winner and flood their mailbox with yellow envelopes praising them for spreading shine in their corner of the world. It’s a simple way to make someone else feel good. And it starts with you. Here’s how to help:

1. MAIL A YELLOW ENVELOPE TO ONE OF OUR YEP RECIPIENTS

Even if you’ve never met the winner, you won’t believe how good it feels to drop that yellow envelope in the mailbox, knowing you’re spreading joy to someone you’ve never met. It’s a high you can’t get any other way. And it only costs a postage stamp, and a few minutes of your time.

We’ll post the first name, address, and a short description of the winner’s shining actions each month. Help us fill their mailbox with sunshine by mailing a note or card in a yellow envelope (or a white envelope decorated with stickers or yellow marker. Get creative.) Check back each month for the newest winner. This month’s winner is:

WINNIE PARK
PAPER SOURCE
15TH FLOOR
125 S. CLARK ST
CHICAGO, IL 60603

 

2. Nominate Someone

If you shine (and we know you do), chances are you know someone else who shines, too. Tell us about an individual in your life who makes the world a brighter place, and why they deserve recognition.