Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, in partnership with DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America, has announced the results of "Love Letters," a campaign that encouraged teens to make handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression.
“We were thrilled to have received more than 500 cards in the mail for our clients,” said Pamela S. Bechtel, Executive Director. “Our volunteers deliver nutritious meals and so much more. These handmade cards from teens all over Pennsylvania and the United States warmed the hearts of our 380 homebound clients. We were thrilled to be a part of this project and want to thank DoSomething.org’s thoughtful volunteers for letting our homebound know they are not forgotten.”
In total, more than 68,000 teen volunteers nationwide made Valentine’s Day cards for nearly 100,000 of the 2.5 million vulnerable seniors receiving Meals on Wheels across the county.
Love Letters provided an opportunity for young people to help lift the spirits of older adults and combat social isolation. Young people found local, participating Meals on Wheels programs – from a list of 356 across all 50 states – where they sent the cards. The Valentine's Day cards were then included in meal deliveries made by Meals on Wheels volunteers.