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"Love Letters" for Meals on Wheels, 2016

Love Letters campaign an overwhelming success

Lillian

On Friday, February 12, hundreds of Meals on Wheels recipients in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region received handmade Valentine’s Day cards from community members throughout the region.

This year, LifePath’s (formerly Franklin County Home Care Corporation) goal was to collect 700 Valentine’s Day cards—one for each Meals on Wheels recipient served by the agency. Thanks to the generosity of local schools, assisted living facilities, rest homes and individual community members, LifePath received nearly double the amount of valentines expected. Many of these additional valentines were distributed to residents of the Farren Care Center in Turners Falls.

“The amount of valentines that we received this year far exceeded our expectations, and for that we are incredibly grateful… thank you so much for your commitment to this project,” said Marcus Chiaretto, the community engagement coordinator at LifePath who helped organize the campaign. “Your kind gesture made many elders in our community very happy!”

An act of kindness and compassion

The community response to the 2016 Love Letters campaign showed that empathy and kindheartedness towards homebound elders in the Franklin County and North Quabbin communities transcends age. The groups that contributed to the campaign ranged from Ja’Duke preschool in Turners Falls, to Warwick Community School, to The Arbors assisted living community in Greenfield.

Additional participants in this year’s campaign included Deerfield Elementary School, Four Corners Elementary School, Franklin County Technical School, Heath Elementary School, Labelle's Rest Home, and Petersham Center School, as well as a number of other schools, youth organizations, and families in the region. Multiple Meals on Wheels recipients expressed that they wanted to thank those who participated in the campaign for sending their well-wishes during the holiday season.

A short phrase used by Franklin County Technical School students in their valentines was an apt summary of what LifePath hoped to express to its Meals on Wheel recipients through the Love Letters campaign: “Roses are red, violets are blue, you matter to us and we care about you!”

View photos of the cards at LifePath’s Facebook page

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