Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Orlando, USA

Pocket hearts adorned with tiny embroidered rainbows sit at the memorial site to honour those killed in this horrific shooting.

In June 2016, a lone gunman went into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and killed 49 people in a horrific mass shooting. I am sure you all remember the awfulness of this attack and the outpouring of grief and fear that it evoked. At that time, I had been running 1000 Hearts on Facebook for four months and one of my early followers, Joanna, contacted me to say that her daughter was a news anchor in the US and would be travelling to Orlando to visit a memorial to victims of the shooting. Would I be able to make 49 hearts to honour those killed in the attack?

three coloured hearts
Hearts embroidered with rainbows to honour those who died in the attack.

I was so relieved to be able to offer something in the face of such violence and despair, I immediately set to work embroidering a little rainbow on each of the hearts. As I stitched, I put love and healing into each one, hoping a little of it might reach the grieving community on the other side of the globe. I posted them off to Joanna’s daughter Lisa with a sense of such sadness and hopelessness about the recurring acts of violence in our world, yet with a quiet faith that each act of love would help. I often send hearts off without knowing where they will end up or how they will be received and this was such a case. I did hear from Lisa and Joanna, who let me know that the hearts had been placed in a jar as a permanent part of the memorial, where victims are honoured and remembered. I picture those little hearts sitting there, exuding love and dreaming of a better world where they are not needed in this way.

Want to share this story?

We're a small community here, so we ask that you please acknowledge 1000 Hearts by tagging us in on social media, and letting people know you are part of the project. This helps our community to grow and thrive ♥

Return to The Heartland >

More Stories


Following a serious motor vehicle accident, Linda sews hearts to aid her recovery.

Read story...

Carolyn is addicted to making hearts, and finds inspiration everywhere...

Read story...

Inspired by 1000 Hearts, Julie created an opportunity for young Balinese people to participate in their community and generate sustainable livelihoods.

Read story...