Dingell Delivers Valentines from Local Students to Veterans at VA Hospitals
DEARBORN, MI - In advance of Valentine’s Day, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and friends delivered handmade valentines from local students to veterans at the Detroit and Ann Arbor VA hospitals over the weekend. Students from kindergarten to middle school from across the 12th Congressional District participated in the Valentines for Veterans program this year, creating hundreds of cards to show veterans how much they are loved.
“It’s so important that we show the men and women who served our country how much we appreciate them,” said Dingell. “The creative and heartfelt cards made by students throughout the region lit up the faces of our veterans and helped remind them that we will never forget their service and sacrifice.”
This is the third year in a row Dingell has organized the Valentines for Veterans program. After the project received such an overwhelming response from veterans, schools and the community in 2015, Dingell launched the year-round “Sending Smiles to Vets” program, which engages young people on an ongoing basis to create cards and artwork for veterans. The program celebrates various seasons and holidays, including Independence Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.