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Dear IFAQH Friends,

We recently received this letter from the Federal Government:

“Our backcountry patrol volunteers recently discovered one of your quilted hearts hanging from a tree on a trail in Big Bend National Park. As cute as the heart was (and with good intentions), leaving/abandoning objects in the Park is expressly prohibited without a permit. Even the trail work and signs in the Park are built to look as non-conspicuous as possible, so as to not negatively detract from the natural experience. On behalf of Big Bend Bend National park, I am requesting that no more such quilted objects be left unattended in the Park- please help us keep the wild places wild for this and future generations! I would appreciate confirmation of this notice, so we can consider the situation resolved. Thank you.
For reference:
Code of Federal Regulation Title 36, 2.22 (a) Property states “The following are prohibited
(1) Abandoning property
(2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours”

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We love that new sewers and sowers are joining this heart warming, random act of kindness project, generously giving of their time and resources to sew and sow hearts to brighten the day of a stranger.  The founders of IFAQH encourage all to periodically review the guidelines posted on our website.  When sharing the project with others who may want to join the fun, please share the guidelines with them so they can be informed heart sowers!

Here are the guidelines as posted on the IFAQH website:

A few reminders when sowing hearts: 

  • Do not hand them, give them, or gift them to people. (Hearts need to be “found”)
  • Do not make it a treasure hunt such as posting clues, geocaching, etc. (Not random)
  • Do not leave them on personal or private property, such as a front porch, vehicle, bicycle, desk, mailbox, suitcase, etc. (Not random and not a public place)
  • Do not leave them inside retail stores.  (They can be mistaken for merchandise)
  • Do not leave them in public bathrooms or places where they may be thrown away by staff.
  • Do not leave them in airports or transportation hubs. (Homeland security would not approve!)
  • Do not leave them in any US National Park or Wilderness area.   We were contacted by the Federal Government and provided the following information.
    “For reference: Code of Federal Regulation Title 36, 2.22 (a) Property states “The following are prohibited
    (1) Abandoning property
    (2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours”

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