Ten classes of students from Stratford Elementary unleashed their artistic potentials recently, as they created over 300 valentines specifically for veterans, as part of the Valentines for Vets program.
The valentines are being hand-delivered to veterans living in care facilities around Prince Edward Island by sailors from HMCS Queen Charlotte, starting Friday, Feb. 9, and continuing until Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Valentines for Vets began in 1989 when the late newspaper columnist, Ann Landers, encouraged her readers to create special valentines for veterans in care facilities throughout Canada and the United States. Every year, Landers' special "Valentines for Vets" column asked her readers to remember the valiant sacrifices of their nations' veterans by making them personal hand-crafted valentines.
Valentines for Vets schedule
After delivering valentines cards to some seniors homes in the Charlottetown area on Friday, sailors from HMCS Queen Charlotte will be delivering more valentines to veterans at the following care facilities on P.E.I.:
Monday, Feb. 12
Riverview Manor – 9–10 a.m.
Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge – 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Andrews of Stratford – 1-1:40 p.m.
The Mount – 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Maplewood Manor – 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Wedgewood Manor – 11–11:30 a.m.
Summerset Manor – 11:30 a.m.–12 noon
Andrews of Summerside – 1–1:30 p.m.
South Shore Lodge – 3–3:45 p.m.