When Mary Spring put out a call for valentines messages for long-term care residents, she couldn’t have anticipated the response.
“I hope to spread a little bit of joy to the folks who are living in long-term care residences in Huntsville this Valentine’s Day,” she wrote. “It has been a long year for us all, but especially for our elders.”
She suggested people write cards, poems, or notes expressing good wishes, or draw a picture that could be hung on walls in the residence. “Any positive messages will brighten their day,” she said.
As of the deadline on Thursday, Feb. 11 at noon, she had collected more than 1,000 from local schools and drop-boxes at Family Place Restaurant and M&M Food Market.
The valentines—notes, letters, and pictures—were divided between four shoeboxes, one each for Country Moments, Fairvern, Muskoka Landing, and Rogers Cove. As recommended by the health unit, they will be left untouched for three full days to ensure they are safe for handling before being distributed to each home’s residents on the afternoon of Feb. 14. Valentines have also been delivered to the hospital and Chartwell.
“It is nice to know that our citizens care for our older generation,” said Spring. “The messages were thoughtful and beautiful.”
Some of the Valentines collected for long-term care residents (Mary Spring)
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