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Valentines for Veterans program helps local students thank veterans and first responders

Jan 9, 2020
Press Release
Program in Heck's office is in its eighth year

Congressman Heck with students making valentines

LAKEWOOD, WA – In the eighth 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 seven Valentines for Veterans drives, Congressman Heck’s office has collected more than 40,000 valentines to distribute to local heroes.

“Helping to connect South Sound students with veterans and first responders every Valentine’s Day has been one of the greatest joys of my time in Congress,” said Heck. “I’m thankful for the selfless service of veterans and first responders, and I’m moved that the students in our community recognize that service with heartfelt messages of gratitude and appreciation.”

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, from now through February 12, 2020. 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, 3rd 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.