DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change and AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up today announced the results of the Love Letters, a campaign that encouraged young people to make handmade Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression. The campaign is in partnership with the Meals On Wheels Association of America and featured singer and actress China Anne McClain in a Public Service Announcement.
Nationwide, nearly 53,000 young people crafted and shipped more than 455,000 Valentine’s Day cards for homebound seniors since November 25. Benevilla was among the recipients in this year’s campaign and handmade cards were included in Home Delivered Meals on Wheels meal deliveries to senior clients through February 15.
“Benevilla’s Home Delivered Meals on Wheels program serves many homebound individuals who may have no one in their lives to share holidays like Valentine’s Day with,” said Benevilla President & CEO Michelle Dionisio. “These special cards, made by local high school kids, touched so many hearts. Our clients were grateful for both the cards and the thoughtfulness of so many warm hearted individuals. We look forward to participating in this event again next year.”
“We’re blown away that DoSomething.org members made over 455,000 cards for seniors across the country,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “That’s a lot of glitter and love.”
To learn more about one of DoSomething.org’s most popular campaigns, visit DoSomething.org/loveletters.
Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children, and families. Services are provided through a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. For more information on services and volunteer opportunities, call 623-584-4999 or visit www.benevilla.org.
About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America empowers community programs to improve health and quality of life to ensure that no senior goes hungry. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit www.mowaa.org.
DoSomething.org makes the world suck less. One of the largest orgs for young people and social change, our 3.4 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere. *mic drop
About Mentor Up
Mentor Up is a new way to make a difference from AARP Foundation that brings together the younger generation’s energy and talents to pursue reverse mentoring and community service opportunities that help people 50 and older. In addition, Mentor Up is also working with organizations rooted in service and driven by social missions, including the 4-H, DoSomething.org, Generations United, The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, Magic Johnson Foundation and Facebook. For more information about Mentor Up, visit www.mentorup.org.