Valentines for Veterans Program Helps Local Students Thank South Sound Veterans and First Responders

Congressmen Heck Valentines for Veterans
Congressman Heck helps a student decorate her valentine at Maplewood Elementary in Puyallup. Photo courtesy: Emily Kolano

Submitted by Emily Kolano for Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10)

For the seventh annual Valentines for Veterans Drive, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) is encouraging local students to design and decorate valentines to thank veterans and first responders in the South Sound community. Congressman Heck and his office will deliver the cards to veterans’ organizations and first responders on Valentine’s Day.

Over the previous six Valentines for Veterans drives, Congressman Heck’s office has collected more than 30,000 valentines to distribute to local heroes.

“Every year, I’m impressed with the incredible artwork and heartfelt messages South Sound students pack into their cards to first responders and veterans,” Heck said. “Our students know the service and sacrifice involved in keeping our community safe, and they’re always eager to share their gratitude.”

Students of all grade levels and ages are welcome to participate. Participants can drop off Valentine’s Day cards at Congressman Heck’s district offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, January 24 – February 8. Teachers and school districts can contact the Pierce County office at (253) 533-8332 or the Thurston/Mason County office at (360) 459-8514 to arrange an appointment for large pickups.

The Pierce County office is located in the Lakewood City Hall:
6000 Main Street SW, Suite 3B
Lakewood, WA, 98499

The Thurston/Mason County office is located on the third floor of Lacey City Hall:
420 College Street SE, Third Floor
Lacey, WA 98503

Press interested in covering the Valentine-making process at area schools or the delivery to local veterans and first responders can contact Lauren Adler at or 253-363-0527.


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