Cana­di­ans craft more than 20,000 valen­tines for vet­er­ans

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page -

OTTAWA (CP) — Canada’s vet­er­ans liv­ing in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties will be feel­ing the love from across the coun­try with the de­liv­ery of spe­cial valen­tines cre­ated by fel­low Cana­di­ans.

More than 20,000 valen­tines were re­ceived by Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada for its an­nual Valen­tines for Vets pro­gram.

The idea started in 1989 when the late news­pa­per colum­nist Ann Lan­ders en­cour­aged read­ers to cre­ate spe­cial valen­tines for vet­er­ans in care fa­cil­i­ties through­out North Amer­ica.

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada be­came in­volved with the pro­gram in 1996.

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs spokes­woman Heather MacDon­ald says many of the valen­tines are cre­ated by school­child­ren, and were sent to their head of­fice in Char­lot­te­town to be sorted for dis­tri­bu­tion in time for Valen­tine’s Day.

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