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These 2 women are starting a heartfelt revolution ... with felt hearts.

Meet the women who are spreading love by giving out heart pins to everyone they meet.

These 2 women are starting a heartfelt revolution ... with felt hearts.
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We’re incredibly generous with our hearts in our small circles of friends and families. But what about the people we interact with otherwise? Not so much.

About a year ago, two young women decided to change that.

Their mission began in New York City, with a Valentine’s Day party at Hila Perry’s house. Perry had decided to pin felt hearts onto her black dress for the occasion. But throughout the night, several friends commended her for making hearts to give out to people.


Perry's epic dress. Photo via Hila Perry, Ryan Moore Photography. Used with permission.

“I was stunned. It was a genius idea. Sometimes I like to say I thought of it, but the truth is it was organically born and evolved from that moment,” Perry told Upworthy.

Soon after, Perry and her friends started passing out hundreds of felt hearts to random people all over New York City.

Throughout the next year, the movement began to spread across the country too.

That’s where Emma Dines, originally from Kitchener, Quebec, comes in. She and Perry became friends at an annual gathering called Burning Man, and Perry told her about the felt hearts idea over one of their many Skype conversations. Dines loved it so much that she decided to spearhead the movement along with Perry. They would call it the “heartfelt revolution.”

Dines says the best part of the movement is the human connection that happens when someone she doesn’t know accepts a felt heart from her.

“The first heart I gave out was in Oregon,” Dines told Upworthy. "We were in the gas station just buying snacks. We gave a heart to the woman at the gas station, and it was a blue heart. Her face got really soft and she said, ‘Today’s the anniversary of my brother’s death, and blue was his favorite color.’ We all just stood there and sort of took her in.”

A woman Perry met at a restaurant in New York. Photo by Hila Perry, used with permission.

That softening is not an uncommon reaction.Dines says that once people realize there’s absolutely no ulterior motive to the hearts, they feel safe and are unusually willing to open up about their lives.

To Dines and Perry, that response is worth the time it takes to cut out thousands of hearts.

Sure, the process of cutting out hearts can be tedious (check out this video if you want to learn to make them yourself), but the end results are pretty awe-inspiring.

These days, Dines and Perry pass the hearts out to people they meet everywhere, and they leave buckets and baskets of the hearts at yoga studios and local businesses for people to take and share.

1,000 hearts cut out in about four hours. Photo via heartfeltrevolution/Instagram, used with permission.

"I love giving bunches of hearts away. People always come back and tell me what happened when they gave the hearts to other people,” Dines said.

Little by little, the #heartfeltrevolution is spreading around the world too.

The hearts are popping up in places like Tel Aviv...

Photo via heartfeltrevolution/Instagram, used with permission.

… and even Guatemala.

So on that note, here’s a challenge for you:

Spend the next month cutting out a few felt hearts and give at least one away every day. And if you have a particularly great exchange with someone, snap a picture, and tag @heartfeltrevolution on Instagram.

Photo via heartfeltrevolution/Instagram, used with permission.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

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This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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