Philly Rising: How one Philadelphian gives out love in the city — and beyond

Antionette Lee
February 14, 2020 - 6:45 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Danni Lewis doesn’t need Valentine’s Day to spread love — that’s what she does every day. 

"It's a mission, I was sent here to share love," she said. 

Lewis handwrites inspirational messages on colorful cutouts shaped like hearts. She then passes the tiny hearts out to people around the city. 

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They've shown up in places across the world like Egypt, Dubai, and the Great Wall of China.  

"Just wherever my heart feels like it deserves more love. I feel like we live in a world that needs more love and wherever I feel like I can share it that's where I do it," she said.

Lewis says the Adored Project started in 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Lewis’ grandmother survived the storm, but they lost touch for about a month. She decided to channel her emotions from worry into something positive.

"We didn't speak to her for about a month so to fight the bad times and the dark times I decided to give it light. To fight depression and to fight the hard times I decided to give love, to receive love," she explained.

Danni Lewis writing notes.
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Lewis has handed out more than 8,000 hearts, and the hearts have blossomed into more. 

She's begun hosting "heart healing sessions" in her home in the Logan neighborhood. There, she lives with her wife and their rescued animals — a cat, a dog, and five turtles. 

Lewis says she's also in the process of writing a book. 

"Love is the answer, love is the answer to everything," she added.