PARKLAND, FL- Healing Hearts Project 2, an organization that seeks to spread love and healing in times of loss, visited Parkland and students at Stoneman Douglas this past week. Nicoelle Cohen, an MSD alum and current Hollywood, FL resident, started the program in the wake of seeing communities impacted by gun violence. The goal and mission and Healing Hearts Project 2 is to spread love and support to the victims of gun violence by creating hearts across the country and bringing them together as installation.

After the February 14 tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, Cohen began to knit fabric hearts together by hand as a symbol of support for the Parkland community. What she found was that the act of knitting combined with the emotional care she put into the hearts helped her own healing process. As Cohen knitted hearts and shared about the effort, nearly 1,000 other hearts were created and sent into the MSD community project. Cohen had a chance to bring the hearts to the MSD community and has been creating them with students in person. Over 250 MSD students made hearts with Cohen and shared how relaxing and mediative the process was. Cohen set up the heart installation at MSD and students were amazed by the hearts sent from all over the country in love and support for MSD. The heart installation will stay in the mini gym at Douglas.

"I plan to bring them to as many places as I can that have been impacted by gun violence. " Cohen said. "I started the Healing Hearts Project in the hope of spreading love and healing in a time of so much sadness. It has helped me heal by participating in making the hearts, which is very meditative. By seeing how many people across the country have contributed in helping to spread love and make hearts, most of the people I have never even met, and they tell me how healing it has been for them to make the hearts." 

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