While COVID-19 kept many people from their usual Valentine’s Day celebrations, a group of UUCW volunteers reminded some folks that they are loved by their UU community. Nine volunteers assembled 39 gift bags that were then distributed by five drivers across a two-county area on or before February 14th. A big thank you goes to those who wrote cards, assembled gift bags, and ventured out in the cold weather to deliver messages of love.

Here are some appreciative responses from Valentine Recipients:

“The valentines treat bag made my dad’s day today!!! Thank you.”

“Thank you so much for the lovely care gift from our church community.”

Your Valentine gifts gave my morale a much-needed boost… thank you for remembering me.”

“Thank you for the lovely Valentine’s package… my husband has already downed the candy… The gifts were thoughtful, especially since we couldn’t be at UUCW.”

“…I look forward to everyone’s messages about their COVID tales.”

“We were the lucky recipients of your surprise Valentine’s Day gift! It warmed our hearts on this frigid day. Thank you so much. Hopefully, we’ll see you in person at church in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, stay safe and warm.”

“(The Valentine gift) is delightful — filled with such a nice variety of fun treats. Thank you for putting it together.”

“I have no idea who submitted our names but what a special surprise. Thank you so much for taking the time to put together such a wonderful array of goodies!”

“We don’t always realize when something seemingly small has a big impact on another person in need! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!”

The gift of love was not only enjoyed by the recipients, donator/deliverer Karen Zimmerman stated “It helped brighten my day too!”

Bag donations were from Kelly Bognar, Sharon Busey, Dave Cicero, Susan Endes, Irene Heideman, Jeanne Jarecki, Carol Klaus, Lauren Schudson, and Karen Zimmerman.

Deliveries were made by Vicki Banville, Kelly Bognar, Dave Cicero, Irene Heideman, and Karen Zimmerman.

Thank you to all who participated.