Wednesday, February 13 2013, 06:54 PM CST
Valentines for Veterans in Danville
DANVILLE-- Dozens of classrooms across Danville, like Jim Rogers's 4th grade class at Edison Elementary, have been creating valentines for weeks. But they aren't giving them to each other.
Says Rogers, "This year we collected 907 valentines for the veterans and filled up four boxes that my sister picked up last week to deliver to the VA." Rogers got the idea from his sister who works for the Danville VA.
He says, "I'm actually a veteran of the army, and about 8 years ago my sister said, 'hey could you get some valentines for the veterans?' and I'm like 'sure.'" Dozens of volunteers, many of them local celebrities, will visit the VA on Valentine's Day to spend some time with local veterans.
Bob Sprouls is the Director of Recreation at the VA, and says, "The VAs around the country will probably touch a little over 98-thousand veterans this week with this program." Valentines will be delivered to each of the roughly 250 inpatient veterans and to many others who use the VA for outpatient services.
Sprouls says, "It gives the guys recognition, the celebrities, sports stars, mayor, politicians, will come in. They see us every day, but to see someone else who comes in that's going to take the time out of their busy day to meet with veterans, it means a lot to them."
For Sprouls and others in the community, it's the least they can do. "The extra attention that they get is the main thing. It's the thanks that they get. We can never thank them enough for the things that they did for us."
Adam Rife reporting