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Volunteers Make Valentine's Day Brighter for Local Seniors

Students made cards and collected new knitted items, which were hand delivered by volunteers from North Hills Community Outreach to local seniors.

I'm a volunteer for North Hills Community Outreach. I drive a shuttle van that takes seniors and other people who don't have transportation to the store and doctor's appointments each week. Tracy from NHCO (who sometimes works the shuttle with me) and I know that sometimes we're the only way our passengers can get out of their homes and apartments each week. So I was glad to volunteer for NHCO's special Valentine's Day delivery duty, taking care packages to folks like Janice, whose son and daughter who were visiting her when I came.

A wonderful group of students from North Catholic High School, Shaler High School, Orchard Hill Church, North Hills Middle School, Ross Elementary, ARC Human Services and Girls Doing Good, made beautiful Valentine's Day cards when they got together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a day of service. Girls Doing Good (plus some individuals and businesses) raised money to buy knitted hats, scarves and slippers. Other volunteers and I delivered the cards and knitted items to 118 seniors in our service area earlier this week, including Jessie.

It really made me feel good to surprise the seniors with an unexpected gift. The looks on their faces were priceless, and pretty much everyone wanted to invite me in for a little conversation, like Lori, below. Turns out we know some people in common, so we had plenty to talk about!

I think all of the volunteers would agree with what NHCO's Program Team Leader Kerry wrote: "This small token of Valentine's Day wishes hand delivered to a senior will bring lasting memories not only to you, but to the seniors in need in our community."

"The smiles of those seniors will keep you warm on these cold, winter days for a long, long time."
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