Valentines for Seniors delivers love and care to North Salem’s elder population
From the North Salem Recreation Department
The Second Annual Valentines for Seniors event, co-sponsored by the North Salem Recreation Department and the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, was a tremendous success. The organizations collected almost 600 valentines from adults, children, families, and local organizations.
In total, the Rec. Department and Library mailed 43 letters with cards and crossword puzzles, delivered 28 bags of goodies (including homemade cookies from Maria Hlushko and Andrea Ekizian in the Town Clerk’s Office and treats for pets from the Recreation Dept), and delivered 220 letters to the Salem Hills and Waterview Hills Rehabilitation & Healthcare Facilities.
“We are so impressed with the generosity and creativity of the North Salem community,” said Lauren Rosasco, recreation leader for the North Salem Recreation Department. “Thank you to everyone who participated and made this a fun and heartwarming experience. We are grateful to have been involved in this program and are excited to set a new record next Valentine’s Day!”
As a co-sponsor for this year’s event, the Keeler Library helped to provide card making kits to families stopping by the library, which helped the Recreation Department beat last year’s record and far exceed its goal of 500 cards. The cards have been distributed to seniors, homebound residents, and anyone in the community who could use a bit of cheer this year. Many residents contacted the Rec. Department to suggest neighbors and friends who might enjoy a homemade Valentine.
Groups that donated included: Girl Scout Troops #1220 and #2676, Amnesty International, 3’s Preschool Class at St. Lawrence O’Toole, Classes from PQ Elementary, and Westchester Exceptional Children’s school. Many, many more donated anonymously.
Click below to view an image gallery from the event.