State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Cherry Valley) is asking residents to once more lift the spirits of people living in long-term care facilities by sending them Valentine’s Day cards.
“For the fourth year in a row, we are asking the community for their help with our Valentines for Seniors Card Drive, which provides Valentine’s Day wishes to residents of nursing homes, rehab and long-term care facilities,” Syverson said. “Receiving your cards has brought much joy and many smiles to these residents, especially those who have become more isolated because of on-going public health concerns.”
Senator Syverson is encouraging community members, churches, schools, and other groups to participate by dropping off or mailing Valentine’s Day cards to his offices in Cherry Valley and Hampshire. Once the cards have been collected, they will be delivered by the Senator and his district staffers on the communities’ behalf to residents of long-term care facilities in communities across the region.
Senator Syverson is working with State Representative Jeff Keicher (R-Sycamore) and Winnebago County Chairman Joe Chiarelli in collecting and delivering Valentines on behalf of residents in different parts of the 35th Senate District. Check all flyers to see which drop-off locations are convenient in your region.
Valentine’s Day cards will be accepted through Feb. 7. Participants will have the option to mail or drop their cards at 527 Colman Center Dr., Cherry Valley, IL 61108; or 115 W. Oak Knoll Dr., Route 72, Hampshire, IL 60140.
In 2021, the Valentines for Seniors Card Drive was noted on social media by celebrity businesswoman Martha Stewart, which lead to hundreds of Valentines being donated to the Card Drive from around the country. The program was also featured on Good Housekeeping magazine’s website.
Contact Cheryl Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to indicate interest in participating.