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"Love Letters" for Meals on Wheels, 2016

A labor of love: Community members to make valentines for local elders through Meals on Wheels

This Valentine’s Day, Meals on Wheels recipients in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region will receive handmade cards from local volunteers as part of LifePath's annual Love Letters initiative.

Love Letters campaign 2015Last year’s community effort inspired folks young and old to create cards for the homebound elders who receive Meals on Wheels. A card from Petersham Montessori School, decorated with kitten stickers and well-wishes, read, “Enjoy your meal!” The elders who receive home-delivered meals felt a special sense of value and appreciation for the cards. “Dear Meals on Wheels, thank you so much for the Valentine’s Day card…. Glad to see you care all so caring. Sincerely, Rick,” wrote one Meals on Wheels recipient after receiving his valentine.

Goal for Valentine's Day, 2016

This year’s goal is to provide each elder who receives Meals on Wheels through LifePath with a Valentine’s Day card. In order to achieve this goal, LifePath is seeking to partner with local schools, afterschool programs, youth groups, and nursing homes. If you know of a group that would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please contact Marcus Chiaretto by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 413-773-5555 x2304 or 978-544-2259 x2304. Valentine’s Day cards can be mailed to: Attn. Marcus Chiaretto, LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, Greenfield, MA 01301. The deadline for submitting Valentine’s Day cards to LifePath is Friday, February 5.

About the Love Letters Campaign

Love Letters is a national campaign developed by DoSomething.org in partnership with the AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up program and Meals on Wheels Association America that encourages individuals to make Valentine’s Day cards for older adults. Contributing to the Love Letters campaign is a way of showing appreciation to Meals on Wheels recipients throughout the county. Donating a Valentine’s Day card lets local Meals on Wheels recipients know that fellow community members want them to feel valued and loved during the holiday season.

As an added bonus, young people who sign up at dosomething.org/loveletters and include proof of their participation in the campaign will be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship.

More Information about the Meals on Wheels Program

Meals on Wheels provides nutritionally-balanced meals to adults aged 60 or older who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves and are unable to attend congregate meals. Additionally, Meals on Wheels provides regular “wellness checks” to ensure that clients are in good physical and mental health. The LifePath Meals on Wheels program serves both Franklin County and the North Quabbin region and is an affiliate of Meals on Wheels America, which strives to help adults throughout the country maintain their independence as they age.

There are more ways to help out - volunteer drivers are needed! Drivers receive training, a small stipend, and mileage reimbursement for their service. For information on becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, call 413-773-5555 x2272 or 978-544-2259 x2272 or visit lifepathma.org/MealsonWheels.

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