Background on the Red Envelope Project
The Red Envelope Project was originated by a man names Christ Otto. Here in his own words is his story of how he came up with this idea in January of this year:
“This afternoon I was praying about a number of things, and my mind began to wander. I was deeply distressed at the symbolic actions that President Obama took as he began his presidency. Namely, that he signed executive orders releasing funds to pay for abortions, permission to fund human stem cell research, and federal funding for contraception.
I have been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained my heart to see a man and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal.
As I was praying, I believe that God gave me an interesting idea. Out in the garage I have a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.
Since late January, his idea has caught on nationwide. Many groups and individuals have committed to sending Obama red envelopes as a statement that they stand for life. By one count, by mid-March, commitments have already been made to send more than 750,000 red envelopes. We can easily send over a million if everyone committed to does just a little to make this powerful political statement.