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Have a Heart: Make Valentines for Vets

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is organizing his fifth annual 'Valentines for Vets' drive where local students make valentines to be given to veterans.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes makes Valentines for veterans in 2013 with K.T. Murphy School students in Stamford. Photo courtesy of Jim Himes.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes makes Valentines for veterans in 2013 with K.T. Murphy School students in Stamford. Photo courtesy of Jim Himes.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) is hoping that students in the area will have a heart and participate in his fifth annual “Valentines for Vets” program, which collects valentines made by Fourth District children that will be delivered to local veterans. 

This year’s valentines will be taken to the local VA hospital, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, and other service organizations. Himes visits students a participating school to make cards with students, and veterans accompany him to share stories about their service. 

“I have seen how appreciative veterans are when someone sincerely thanks them for their service and know they were incredibly grateful for the many beautiful cards they received over the past four years,” Himes said in a statement. “This is a great chance for kids to learn about the sacrifice our men and women in uniform make while showing our veterans they are always in our thoughts.”

Last year, more than 60 schools participated by making valentines for distribution. Himes, of Cos Cob, made cards with students at KT Murphy School in Stamford.

Anyone who would like to participate in this year’s Valentines for Vets program should call Paul Coyle in Himes’s Bridgeport office at (866) 453-0028. Valentines may also be mailed to or dropped off at either of Himes’ district offices by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

  • Bridgeport Office: 211 State Street, 2nd Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604
  • Stamford Office: 888 Washington Blvd, Floor 10, Stamford, CT 06901

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