When you’re a kid, Valentine’s Day is all about decorating a box and getting a pile of special notes and candy from your friends.
However, later in life, February 14 might just become another day on the calendar.
But a group of volunteers and artists is doing something to change that.
Each morning, helpful hands are busy packing and stacking trays for Meals on Wheels.
Active Generations in Sioux Falls facilitates the program in the area.
But on Valentine’s Day, the Meals on Wheels volunteers are carting around more that just dinner.
Everyone who gets a meal also gets something special for Valentine’s Day.
Kelli Volk: What does it mean to get a handmade valentine from someone today?
Recipient June Neuman: It means they really like me. It makes me feel good.
The custom cards are crafted by the Great Plains Watercolor Society.
Kelli Volk: Every single one looks different.
Buckmiller: They are different. And that’s because each artist has their own fingerprint.
The group made about 400 of them for the recipients of Meals on Wheels.
“And a lot of times our Meals on Wheels driver is the only person they’re going to see that day. And to know that others in the community are thinking of them is really important and this valentine means a lot,” Active Generations Nutrition Director Priscilla Thornton said.
“When you’re young and you have that hot date on your arm, you don’t think too much about it. But as you get older, many times you get forgotten; you become invisible. And so we’re trying to make that person have that little joy in life that maybe they got when they were six,” Great Plains Watercolor Society Outreach Chairperson Mary Buckmiller said.
It turns out that tradition is one that speaks to hearts of all ages.
The Great Plains Watercolor Society also made valentines for several other area programs too.
If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, Thornton says Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers.