ALTON — Senior Services Plus seniors are set to receive handmade Valentine’s Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country.
DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, has once again teamed up with AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America for the second annual Love Letters campaign.
The popular campaign, encouraging young people to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults this holiday season, runs through Feb. 15, and cards will be included in meal deliveries to Meals on Wheels clients across the country. Young people who sign up at www.DoSomething.org/loveletters and report back with a photo will be eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship.
“Last year, DoSomething.org members made over a quarter of a million Valentine’s Day cards for homebound seniors,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “By combining social change with things that young people love like Valentine’s Day and crafts, young people are able to make a huge impact and use their skills.”
The cards made as a part of the campaign will be distributed through Meals On Wheels Association of America’s network, which serves 2.5 million seniors who are homebound due to limited mobility. The support of the volunteers and meals they provide is critical to helping them maintain enough independence to stay in their own homes.
Actress and singer China Anne McClain, best known for her roles in Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm” and the Disney Channel original movie “How to Build a Better Boy,” is supporting the campaign through a public service announcement.
Senior Services Plus is a local nonprofit agency serving more than 650 meals each day in Madison and St. Clair counties. The Alton agency has been serving senior citizens since 1973 through a network of volunteers and dedicated staff. Offering many other programs and services, the agency continues to provide for the most in need individuals.