As the new year begins in Illinois, State Senator John Curran is launching his second annual “Valentines for Seniors” card drive.
To ensure seniors know they are an important and valued part of the community, Sen. Curran is asking students from public and private schools, church groups, scouting organizations and other groups to create homemade cards that will be delivered to assisted living centers, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities across the 41st Senate District.
“The response to this program last year exceeded all expectations, as my office collected and distributed close to 1,000 cards,” said Sen. Curran. “The smiles on the faces of senior citizens when the cards were delivered were priceless. My goal this year is to double the amount of cards we distribute.”
Cards, poems, and other well-wishes will be collected between now and Feb. 7 at the Senator’s district office, located at 1011 State Street, Suite 205 in Lemont. Those dropping off cards in person can place them in the Valentine box located inside the office door during business hours, which are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., or in a small mailbox that will be placed outside of the office during off-hours. Cards can also be mailed.
“Seniors were delighted last year when my staff and I dropped off large bags of Valentines at senior care facilities across the 41st District, and it was evident they felt special, appreciated, and cherished. Loneliness can be a real issue for the elderly, especially as the pandemic continues to limit the amount of time they can spend with loved ones. Let’s all do our part to bring some joy to seniors, so they know we’re thinking of them.”
For additional information about this community outreach event, please contact Sen. Curran’s office at (630) 914-5733.