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Help spread compassion and hope this February

Donate a Valentine’s Day card to a LifePath client with Love Letters for Elders

According to research from the University of California San Francisco, 18 percent of elders live alone, and 43 percent feel lonely on a regular basis. The winter months can be an especially difficult time, with problems like freezing temperatures, limited transportation, and a lack of regular social interactions leaving many individuals feeling isolated. As a way to help alleviate these feelings of loneliness, LifePath will be donating handmade Valentine’s Day cards from local volunteers to clients in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region as part of the annual Love Letters for Elders campaign.

LillianLillian Drozdowski of Wendell was one of many LifePath clients to receive a handmade valentine during the Love Letters campaign in 2016.The Love Letters for Elders campaign, which encourages individuals to make Valentine’s Day cards for older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers in their community during the holidays, runs through February 14, 2017. Contributing to the Love Letters campaign is a way of showing care and appreciation to LifePath clients throughout the Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. 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 $3,000 scholarship.

How to participate in the Love Letters for Elders campaign this year in 2017

Thanks to the immense generosity of the participants in last year’s Love Letters campaign, LifePath received over 1,000 valentines which were distributed to Meals on Wheels clients and residents at the Farren Care Center in Turners Falls. In order to match the number of valentines that were donated during last year’s campaign, LifePath is seeking to partner with local schools, afterschool programs, youth groups, and nursing homes, as well as families and other groups. If you know of a group that would like to participate in the Love Letters campaign, or if you would like more information about the campaign, please contact Marcus Chiaretto by phone at 413-773-5555 x2304 or 978-544-2259 x2304, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Valentine’s Day cards can be mailed to the following address:

Attn. Marcus Chiaretto
LifePath, Inc.
101 Munson St., Suite 201
Greenfield, MA 01301

The deadline for submitting Valentine’s Day cards to LifePath is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Support elders, people with disabilities, and their caregivers by giving a donation

For those who are unable to contribute valentines but would still like to offer support to elders, people with disabilities and their caregivers, now is a wonderful time to make a donation to LifePath. You can make a donation here. With your help, we can ensure that our clients receive the services that they need during the winter months. Thanks to donations from community members, we are able to help individuals find the best options for maintaining their independence and quality of life. For more information on making a donation to LifePath this season, please contact Carol Foote, Development Manager at LifePath, at 413-773-5555 x2225, 978-544-2259 x2225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..