I saw a flyer like this on Jean Steel’s Facebook page, Happy People Win Jean Steel. After doing a little search, I found another Facebook page called Take What You Need Project. I really loved the idea and decided to make a handful of flyers and post them around the campus where I work.
It’s pretty simple: Make a sign. Put it up. Take a photo. Go back later and take more photos. Share.
I made the Take What You Need part on my computer, printed it out and then wrote the needs along the bottom with a big Sharpie. I cut the bottom into strips for easy tearing off. Then I took a walk and posted flyers in different places.
I like how this one looks amongst the other flyers. This kiosk has layers and layers of flyers.
This one is on an indoor office window.
I put one up on an outdoor column and when I came out of the building 15 minutes later, I found someone had already taken one of the needs!
They took what they needed: Love.
It is in a high-traffic spot. I went back later in the day and more needs had been taken.
I was delighted to find people had been taking the things they needed!
Another location was getting some attention. Someone had taken Faith and Hope.
This morning I went back to the popular one.
Everything was taken! I’ll put up a replacement tomorrow.
I will be looking for new places to post flyers off campus. Maybe on a telephone pole near my apartment . I’m also trying to decide which needs to include, so I’m switching them around a bit.
I’ve made some special additions of the flyers for Valentine’s Day with hearts on pink paper. I’ll put a batch of those up some time next week.
All the needs are Love. Love is all you need.
Take what you need. Share what you have.
Update: I saw this note on one of the flyers. It made me smile.
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