Windsor Locks Youth Services Bureau collects ‘Valentines for Veterans’

By Wendy Pierman Mitzel - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Jan. 23, 2014
Thirteen-year-old Jayson helps organize cards for the ‘Valentines for Veterans’ program at Windsor Locks Youth Services Bureau. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Windsor Locks Youth Services could use a bit of help with its Valentines for Veterans program. Already, large boxes of homemade pink and frilly cards meant for area veterans fill the office at Town Hall. The last day to drop off Valentines is Feb. 7.

“When I sent out the flyer to the schools, I had an overwhelming response that they wanted to participate,” said Youth Services Director Sarah Maffiolini. “The supplies I ordered ran out so quickly!”

She said Windsor Locks Middle School students made and turned in more than 300 Valentines so far.

“It was awesome,” said teacher Allison Macomber. “All the kids loved creating Valentines for our town vets. We did it as part of our advisory program as a way to give back to the community.”

There is much to be done in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Cards need to be organized, sorted and sealed before being mailed to area veterans and distributed among patients at the Newington and Rocky Hill veterans’ hospitals.

“I think this service learning project is a teachable moment to our youth to learn about who veterans are and why they are so important to our community,” said Maffiolini. “This can be a fun project with a very important message to thank a veteran for their time, service and our freedom.”

And there is still time to add to the pile of pink and red. Anyone can drop off cards in a box outside the Youth Services office. Those interested in using craft supplies in the office to make a special treat should call ahead to schedule a time.

Additionally, Maffiolini is asking for any veteran who would like to be added to the mailing list to call her office. “I’m trying to gather a very current list of veterans in town,” Maffiolini explained. “I’m afraid somebody’s going to feel left out and I don’t want that to happen.”

Anyone who wants to be included or knows of someone who should be added to the list should contact Maffiolini at 860-627-1482.

The Windsor Locks Youth Services Bureau is located in Windsor Locks Town Hall, at 50 Church St. The organization, established in 1999, promotes the positive growth of youth and their families in Windsor Locks through developing, coordinating and providing services and programs in areas of prevention, education, intervention and recreation. It receives funding from the State Department of Education, Town of Windsor Locks, and the Capital Area Substance Abuse Council.

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