HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico County program is hoping to spread some love to long-term care residents this Valentine's Day.
Henrico County is calling on the community to showcase their creative skills and make homemade Valentine’s Day cards for the Spread the Love initiative.
The initiative is sponsored by Henrico’s EngAGE program, which serves older county residents, their families and caregivers.
Sara Morris, Henrico’s advocate for the aging, said she hopes to provide a homemade card to each of the 8,000 long-term care residents in Henrico.
Morris explained the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for long-term care residents and their families.
“The past year has been challenging for all of us, but especially for our loved ones living in long-term care facilities,” Morris said. “We want to ‘spread the love’ to our friends in these facilities for the Valentine’s Day holiday and invite everyone to create an original card to show their care for these members of our community.”
Morris says people of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Valentine's cards are asked to have a general message and not be intended for a specific person or gender.
Completed cards should be mailed to Henrico EngAGE; Attn: Sara Morris; P.O. Box 90775; Henrico, VA 23273-0775.
Cards need to arrive by Friday, Feb. 5, to allow for distribution to long-term care facilities in time for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14.