High school students give valentine to Richmond homeless man

Posted at 7:56 PM, Feb 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-14 19:59:07-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Two high school students spread goodwill and love on Valentine’s Day by doing something to brighten a stranger’s day.

The Atlee High School students said they made a spur-of-the-moment decision Friday to help a homeless veteran.

“We found a homeless man on the side of the road and we brought him chocolates and asked him to be our valentine!” Katlyn told CBS 6 News.

Haley, 17, and Katlyn, 16, crafted a special Valentine’s Day card because, in their words, “everyone deserves to be loved on Valentine’s Day.”

The girls learned that the man, who they spotted on W. Broad St., had served as a Marine for about 20 years overseas.

When the girls delivered their surprise, the veteran said he was stunned that two such pretty girls didn’t already have a special someone in mind. He told them that he would be honored to be their valentine.

“He was a such a sweetheart,” Katlyn said.