How many ways can you say I love you? In Brattleboro, there are more than 1,000.
"I saw this store front which was empty and I said we are going to renovate that storefront and write love letters," Dalia Shevin said.
And in just two weeks the walls were filled. With help from Kickstarter, the online fundraising site, Shevin rented and cleaned the space and purchased supplies for the project. The task-- a simple one-- tell someone or something how you feel.
"There are letter to pets, parents, children, animals, food, musical idols, towns, chairs and sweethearts. Yeah, it's been really fun," Shevin said.
"I think it is really great to think about the things that you love," said Betsy Hall of Brattleboro.
As Hall typed away, she offered insight into the loves of her life.
"I'm writing to some people and also to some things," she said. "In particular to my son, because today is our third anniversary. I adopted him from Ethiopia three years ago."
Hall is one of 1,200 people to do so. The goal was 1,000. Writers gathering to share a piece of their hearts without sweets and cards often associated with the increasingly commercial holiday.
"So much of our happiness depends upon our attitude and what we think about. Not what we are giving, but how we see what we are given," Hall said.
Many of the letters will be read out loud Friday night and the public is welcome to attend. A way to bring out the author in all of us and capture the true meaning of Valentine's Day.
The letters that are not mailed out to loved ones will be recorded into an online collection.