SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Public Library is seeking support from the community to spread some love to local veterans this Valentines Day. 

From now through the first week of February the library will be helping children make as well as collecting handmade Valentines Day cards for residents of the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home in Edison. 

“Each year, our young patrons put their heart into making beautiful cards for our local veterans,” said Mija Clemente, senior library assistant in charge of children’s programming for South Plainfield. “Each card is made with love and help bring smiles to our veterans’ faces.”

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Children – and their parents/caregivers, too – will be able to create cards at the library during storytime hours on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31 as well as on a drop-in basis during non-program hours throughout the week of Feb. 4. Members of local Boy and Girl Scout troops and other youth organizations along with indvidiual residents are also encouraged to make cards and bring them to the library by Feb. 8. Please note: cards should only include the child’s first name and age. 

“We hope members of South Plainfield youth organizations and others from the community will take part in this initiative as well,” said Clemente, who will personally deliver the cards to the Edison veterans home. “What better way to spread love this Valentines Day than to show those who dedicated their life to serving our country how much we care.”

“Our troop enjoys making Valentines for local veterans every year. The girls love service projects and look forward to this one,” said Girl Scout Troop #65199 leader Samantha Plum, noting that the girls first got involved with the Valentines for Veterans service project as Daisies five years ago. “We keep a collection of paper, stickers, and markers with our troop supplies so that they can work on them at the beginning of our meetings in the weeks before Valentines Day.”

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