MARYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) again is asking constituents for participation in his Valentines for Heroes program.
The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
“Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” Shimkus said. “Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.
“School classes, church youth groups, homeschoolers and individuals have all helped brighten a soldier or veteran’s day,” he added.
This year, valentines will be accepted at Shimkus’ offices until Feb. 9 and will be distributed to local VA and military facilities before Valentine’s Day.
Valentines may be dropped off or mailed to Shimkus at any of his district offices:
• 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville
• City Hall Room 12, 110 E. Locust St., Harrisburg
• 101 N. Fourth St., Suite 303, Effingham
• 201 N. Vermilion St., Suite 218, Danville
The few basic rules to follow are to return signed valentines without addressing them to a specific person; without signing your last name or including your address; and without sealing them in individual envelopes. Valentines are reviewed for content and appropriateness before distribution.