Johnson County Meals on Wheels delivers Valentines to seniors

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. – Johnson County Human Services volunteers will deliver more than a meal to homebound seniors who are part of the Meals on Wheels program.

Sharon DeGraeve has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for five years. 

"Going up to the door and delivering these meals and the people are just waiting for you, you know, they don't see a lot of people, so it means a lot to them," said DeGraeve. 

Since December, volunteers in the community have been working on a project to insure all homebound seniors who receive home delivered meals, dine at one of the six nutrition centers, or receive Catch-a-Ride service, will get a handmade Valentine from someone in the community.

"I just hand them out and you know it's just, a lot of them don't know it's Valentine's Day coming up, they say oh, a Valentine," DeGraeve said. 

They will also get a Valentine’s Day card to give to mail to a friend.

"During this month, a lot of seniors are isolated, and it's cold and they don't get out much," Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager for Johnson County Human Services said. 

The Valentine Stampede has been a Johnson County Human Services tradition for more than 10 years.

Monday, 52 volunteers delivered 550 Valentine's to homebound seniors. 

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