Patti Dille

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Patti Dille, Peyton Heart Project Ambassador for Telford, PA. Patti will be a Peyton Heart Project ambassador until February 11, 2021. This will be Patti’s third year as an ambassador.

Renewal Essay 2020:
After losing my 17-year-old son, Matt, to suicide in 2014, I knew The Peyton Heart Project was the right fit for me. Being part of The Peyton Heart Project has touched and enriched my life in many ways. The Peyton Heart Project is a wonderful organization to be part of. Therefore, I have decided to apply for another year as an ambassador to the program.
I have become a full-time volunteer to this program. As a suicide loss survivor and an advocate to the Montgomery Co. Suicide Prevention Taskforce, I have found many venues in which the hearts from The Peyton Heart Project can be incorporated.
My involvement in the program is vast. I have had many speaking engagements. Some of these included the Kiwanis Club, women groups, Health and Wellness Fair with Senator Maria Collett, Compassionate Friends and Holy Family University to name a few. I also run many events within the community that include speaking about our mission and having others crochet, sew, trace, fold brochures, and tag hearts. Many of these sessions are anywhere from 1-4 hours long.
I am active with both Montgomery Co. and Bucks Co. branches of NAMI. I am also active in Suicide Loss Survivor events, AFSP Out of Darkness Walk in Philadelphia as well as Survivor of Suicide Loss Day.
I have been to many high schools and colleges in both counties. In May I spend time at Souderton Area High School each week for Mental Health Awareness month.
Whether it is an event I hold or having a display, I represent and am an advocate for The Peyton Heart Project by bringing kindness, hope and mental health and suicide awareness to all.
I am very proud of my recent accomplishment of having buckets of hearts in 14 Starbucks in Montgomery and Bucks Counties (PA). I am so grateful to all of the people who have adopted Starbucks to help me fill the buckets.
I also am looking forward to representing The Peyton Heart Project and Suicide Prevention task force as part of a panel of experts in a service-learning experience on intra-personal violence, self-injury, and suicide. I also will be holding my Positive Pedalers for Mental Wellness for the second year. I look forward to having The Peyton Heart Project Club from SAHS to be part of this event.
My favorite thing of all is how the hearts have allowed me to make connections within my community as well as outside of my community. I am comfortable with taking the uncomfortable topic of suicide awareness and talking to others in a way to convey kindness and hope. My message is clear to end the stigma and the importance of ending the silence.
I look forward to being an ambassador in 2020.
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2/21/2019 Senator Collet’s Health and Wellness Fair Speaker and Display North Wales Elementary School North Wales, PA

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9/11/2019 Active Minds Event Penn State, Abington Campus

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10/6/19 Out of Darkness Walk Philadelphia, PA with Amanda Grace Krier and Theresa Flynn Krier

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10/9/19 Community Event Horsham Township Library

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11/2/19 Hold on you Matter Walk Bucks County Community College Perkasie, PA Jack Santry, Penni Burnett, and Sally O’Connor

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11/13/19 Moreland Towers Hatboro, PA sewing hearts

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12/21/2019 Feine Coffee Conshohocken Business District event

1/14/2020 Buckets for 14 Starbucks in Montgomery and Bucks Counties Staybridge Hotel, North Wales, PA

1/14/2020 Buckets for 14 Starbucks in Montgomery and Bucks Counties Staybridge Hotel, North Wales, PA

Renewal Essay 2019:
My name is Patti Dille and I currently live in Telford, Pa. I have certainly enjoyed being an ambassador to the Peyton Heart Project. I was especially honored to receive the title of “Ambassador of the Year” for 2018. I would like to continue my work with The Peyton Heart Project.
As a suicide loss survivor, I know I am forever changed. After losing my son Matt, I knew I had to find a way to help others and find a new path. This is why I became involved in the suicide prevention task force of Montgomery Co. It has allowed me so many opportunities to share my passion for The Peyton Heart Project. I have made so many wonderful connections to others through this. By helping others, I realized I am also helping myself as well. I have learned that so many others are touched by suicide. At almost every event that I am part of, someone will reach out to me and share their story.
I will continue to reach out to my community as well as other communities to bring our mission forth. This year I plan to work with the Task Force, and NAMI, in both Montgomery and Bucks Counties. I hope to be involved in some events with the AFSP. I will continue to bring The Peyton Heart Project’s mission to my school district by partnering with Cassie (another Ambassador) at Souderton Area High School where both my sons attended.
I intend to spread awareness by having Peyton Heart events. I enjoy speaking about The Peyton Heart Project. Those [who] attend my events can be part of making, tagging and spreading Peyton Hearts within their communities. If I am asked, I am always willing to set a date to have any organization learn more about The Peyton Heart Project. I plan to continue to do separate speaking engagements.
I believe The Peyton Heart Project has made a tremendous impact on everyone. I know it is helping people to speak about a difficult subject. A single Peyton Heart can start a conversation and not only offer kindness, but hope and love to someone who is struggling. I have learned through being involved, to give everyone, the “gift of being present”, by spending time and listening to them without judgement.
I hope you will continue to welcome me as an ambassador for this new year. I am sharing events and pictures from 11-1-18 through 1-31-19 that I was involved in. The dates prior can be seen in my application for Ambassador of the Year. Although being an Ambassador is hard work, it is a wonderful volunteer opportunity that has helped in bringing joy into my life once again.
Thank You
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Arcadia University Active Minds 11/1/18.

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Hold on You Matter Walk at Bucks Co. Community College with Peyton Heart Club members of SAHS 11-3-18.

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Pennridge HS Students loving the Rainbow Peyton Hearts at Hold on You Matter Walk

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Widener University Active Minds Chester, PA. 11-7-18

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1,142 Peyton Hearts tagged at Widener University 11-7-18

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Donna Pyrz with Peyton Hearts for the Indian Valley Family YMCA Harleysville, PA.

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Elaine Balinski always ready to bring Peyton Hearts on her travels.

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AFSP International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day in Bethlehem, PA. 11-17-18.

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TriCounty Active Adult Center Pottstown, PA 11-20-18

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A member of TriCounty Active Senior Center.

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The Ripple Effect Movie screening Conshohocken, PA. 11-28-18.

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NAMI Bucks Co. Doylestown Hospital Event 11-29-18 Souderton HS Peyton Heart Club Members attended as well.

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Mother and Son helping to tag Peyton hearts at our Peyton Heart NAMI event on 11-29-18.

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Owner of Herbie the Love Bug, Gabriel Nathan with NAMI Bucks Co., PA and Miss Red Rose City, Jenna Martorana.

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Holiday Peyton Hearts for Compassionate Friends Quakertown Chapter 12-9-18.

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Giving my speech at the Compassionate Friends Annual Candle Light event 12-9-18.

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Visiting Sip of Hope Coffee Shop in Chicago, Illinois. Met with Carl J. Evans, the Director of Programming and Operations 12-23-18.

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Martin Luther King afternoon of service at Zwingli UCC Church Souderton, PA. 1-21-19.

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Youth helping out at the MLK event tagging Rainbow Hearts for World Pride in NYC this June.

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Tracing and cutting material and felt hearts 1-21-19.

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Interview with Keira McGuire from WITF TV. I hope to share this soon, still in production 1-23-19.

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A few of the Peyton Hearts that Joe, my husband, spread in Japan.

Bridgeport Borough Hall for Jordan Burnham from Minding Your Mind 1-25-19.

Bridgeport Borough Hall for Jordan Burnham from Minding Your Mind 1-25-19.

My adorable nephew’s Grandson, Oliver, holding Peyton Hearts. My nephew, has spread many Peyton Hearts in Baltimore, Maryland and in Virginia as well.

My adorable nephew’s Grandson, Oliver, holding Peyton Hearts. My nephew, has spread many Peyton Hearts in Baltimore, Maryland and in Virginia as well.

2018
In Patti’s words:
September 23rd, 2014 was an ordinary day but turned into a day that will forever be in my memory. I am a suicide loss survivor. I hate putting labels on people, but I now feel I own this one.
I lost my son, Matthew Ryan Dille, to suicide on September 26th, of 2014. Matt was funny, witty, smart and handsome. Behind Matt’s beautiful smile, his laughter and jokes, he hid his anxiety and depression. He suffered in silence and did not talk to others about his feelings or internal pain.
After I lost Matt, I felt I had to do more to help myself, my family and others. So, I became a member of The Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce and I became a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainer.
I do not know how I initially found out about The Peyton Heart Project. But, when I heard about it, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Not only do I know how to crochet, but I also lead a Stitch and Chat group at the library.
One of the first things I did was make some Peyton hearts and bring them to the Taskforce. I remember handing a Peyton heart out to everyone at this meeting. I shared my Matt story and told them about the Peyton Heart Project. Everyone loved them! I asked if I could incorporate them at the end of each of my QPR trainings. It was the perfect way of ending a difficult talk. I could offer kindness, hope and awareness to others.

The Taskforce gave me the title of Chair of the Kindness Committee. We began to have Peyton Heart Days. We would offer afternoons or evenings and ask others to make Peyton hearts or help tag them. I even created a felt heart for others to make if they could not crochet. I have personally been asked to attend many events i.e.; I have been to churches, suicide awareness/prevention events, Out of Darkness walks, behavioral health hospitals, college events through Active Minds and many more. Our task force was even allowed to put Peyton hearts around all 13 of the walking/bike trails in Montgomery County this September. September is National Suicide Prevention month, a perfect time to spread Peyton hearts. I have had the privilege of meeting Jill Kubin, The Peyton Heart Project founder, and Sue Harris, co-founder. I was thrilled when they made a special tag in memory of Matt for me. I always watch Facebook posts to see who is posting, their comments and where the Peyton hearts are found. It especially touches my heart when I see a heart that has a Matt Dille tag on it. I just had the pleasure of traveling to India and was able to leave some there.

I am a full-time volunteer now who is passionate about The Peyton Heart Project! I would love to become a Peyton Heart Project ambassador. I have a small team of friends that helps me make Peyton hearts.

Volunteering has become the best thing to help me through my grief journey. It is my mission to help others in suicide awareness and prevention. I will continue to make Peyton hearts and spread the word about this wonderful kindness mission to offer kindness, hope, and suicide awareness throughout the world.