[PEOPLE] Korean American widower hands out 100 love letters in memory of his late wife

November 24, 2015
Hyong Yi and his family (Lindsay Hart / People)

Hyong Yi and his family (Lindsay Hart / People)

[PEOPLE] – A Charlotte, North Carolina, man and his two kids spent Friday morning passing out love letters to complete strangers as a way to honor his late wife.

Hyong Yi, an assistant city manager, lost his wife, Catherine Zanga, a former attorney, to ovarian cancer a year ago this weekend.

In an emotional Facebook post, Yi writes about the couple’s moving love story and the reason he started his #100LoveNotes movement to get everyone thinking about the people they love – and saying “I love you.”

Yi tells PEOPLE the idea for the movement came up this past September when he realized the anniversary of her death was imminent.

“I could see it coming,” says Yi. “It was kind of like there was a hurricane, you knew it was going to hit and it was like do you hold on and wait to see the wreckage or do you do something about it. I decided I gotta do something about this.”

He started writing the letters, many of them from actual conversations the couple had during their fifteen year love affair.  [READ MORE]