Thanks to the tremendous support from individuals, schools, and civic groups, Blue Ridge delivered over 11,000 handmade Valentine cards to 70+ organizations, including nursing homes, hospitals, VFSs, and more.
Blue Ridge prides itself on being an active, caring, and invested community member and would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Touch A Heart Initiative – one of many initiatives Blue Ridge undertakes throughout the year to give back to the communities we serve.
"Community outreach is so important to all of us at Blue Ridge,” said Cindy Mellinger, Marketing/Community Relations Coordinator for Blue Ridge. “The number of handmade cards received this year is truly amazing and speaks volumes about our community and their willingness to uplift those with such a simple gesture.”
Local organizations receiving the handmade Valentine cards play a key role in ultimately getting the heartfelt messages of love and support into the hands of those that need them the most, including nursing home residents, veterans, soldiers, and other individuals who may not otherwise receive a Valentine message this year.
“The pandemic taught us that something so simple to any one of us can have a big impact to someone else,” said Kathy McCullough, Senior Vice President of the Lititz VFW Auxiliary. “We look forward to being part of the Touch A Heart program again next year.”
This year, the cards collected and distributed touched even more hearts by making it into the hands of many unspoken heroes, including the caregivers and staff members who work tirelessly in the background to provide personal and medical care to so many.
“Our team members at WellSpan Ephrata Hospital recently got a little extra love for Valentine’s Day,” reflects Teresa Rineer, Development Director for Ephrata Community Health Foundation. “A special thank you to Blue Ridge Communications for gathering and dropping off these beautiful Valentine’s Day cards!”
“I just wanted you to know how grateful everyone here at EARs was to receive the Valentine cards you donated to us,” added Karen L. Hummel, Operations Director for Ephrata Area Social Services. “Our staff were especially happy when I handed them out to them. Thank you for thinking of EARS.”
Hummel continued on and sums up the goal of the Blue Ridge Touch A Heart initiative perfectly when she said, “Maybe in this world of anger and division I am more aware of the kindness in life. We can make a difference!”
If you would like to join our Touch A Heart 2023 initiative, please contact one of our public relations team members below: