(Published by Bluffton Today)

By DEANN KOMANECKY

Heather Bragg began writing letters to elected officials as a child.

“My father told me if I didn’t like something to write my congressman,” Bragg said. “So I did.”

Her first letters were about her distaste for “dissecting frogs,” Bragg said.

The subject of her letters matured over the years and now she is helping others communicate to their representatives.

Bragg held her first “Letters for Hope” event for adults and children on Saturday at the Bluffton Library.

“A lot of people are feeling powerless and this is a way to get your power back,” Bragg said.

Bragg provided a list of do’s and dont’s, how to correctly address the letters and a list of elected officials to write to.

She also provided stamps and pens. Her church, St. Andrews by the Sea, donated writing paper. Crayons and coloring books were also on hand for children.

“Handwritten letters get more attention,” Bragg said.

Sueellen Manning of Hilton Head Island was one of those attending.

Manning said she has long been active in speaking out to government. Saturday she chose to write about the fear-mongering she sees happening.

“It’s destructive and it’s insidious,” Manning said.

Connie Borgianini said that there are many issues to write about.

“I’ve been remiss in not speaking,” Borgianini said. “This is a way of living out your social principles — living out your faith.”

Bragg said Saturday’s Letters of Hope is just the first.

“We will have more,” Bragg said.

For more information go to lettersforhope.org