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"Love Letters" for Meals on Wheels

Young people set to lift the spirits of homebound elders one Valentine’s Day card at a time

Homebound elders in the Meals on Wheels program at LifePath are set to receive handmade Valentine’s Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country thanks to the second annual Love Letters campaign.

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Love Letters is a project of, the largest organization for young people and social change, AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up, and the Meals On Wheels Association of America. The popular campaign, which encourages young people to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults this holiday season, runs through February 15, 2015.

Young people who make cards could win a $10,000 scholarship

Cards will be included in meal deliveries to Meals on Wheels clients across the country. Young people who sign up at and report back with a photo will be eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship.

“Last year, members made over a quarter of a million Valentine’s Day cards for homebound seniors,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at “By combining social change with things that young people love like Valentine’s Day and crafts, young people are able to make a huge impact and use their skills.”

The cards made as a part of the campaign will be distributed through Meals On Wheels Association of America’s network, which serves 2.5 million seniors who are homebound due to limited mobility. The support of the volunteers and meals they provide is critical to helping them maintain enough independence to stay in their own homes.

Actress and singer China Anne McClain, best known for her roles in Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm and the Disney Channel Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy, is teaming up to support the campaign through a public service announcement.

How to participate locally

LifePath’s Meals on Wheels program brings home-delivered meals and a daily check-in to homebound elders across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. To contact the agency about the local Love Letters campaign, email Jessica Riel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 413-773-5555 x2296 or 978-544-2259 x2296. Mail your cards to: Attn: Jessica Riel, LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, Greenfield, MA 01301.

Meals on Wheels is always seeking more volunteer drivers to help deliver meals. The commitment can be whatever you choose to offer, and volunteer drivers receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement in exchange for their time.

If you think that volunteering with Meals on Wheels could be the meaningful work that you’ve been looking for, now is the time to get started. Volunteer drivers are currently needed in towns across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, and the community with greatest need is around Athol and Orange.

If you have transportation and a couple of hours midmorning to deliver meals, give LifePath a call at 413-773-5555 x2272 or 978-544-2259 x2272. You can make a difference.

Read more about Meals on Wheels.