Councilman and Purple Heart Recipient Jeremy McIntire launches “Operation Valentine’s Day.”
Stow, Ohio – Tuesday January 3, 2023 – Jeremy McIntire, President of Stow City Council, Iraq War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, is launching the 4th Annual Operation Valentines Day to collect Valentines for troops deployed overseas.
“Receiving greetings from people back home is very important for our service members,” said Councilman McIntire. “Troops can often find themselves going days or even weeks without hearing from a loved one. There is no better feeling than coming back from a mission and finding that you received mail.”
Valentines are being collected at Stow City Hall from now until January 25th.
“The response from the community has been amazing over the last two years,” said Claire McIntire. “It’s wonderful to see people come together to support our troops, we have already had people send valentines to be included.”
Supporters are asked to please adhere to the following guidelines when creating valentines:
- Send a handwritten letter, note or handmade card. Soldiers feel extra special when they receive handmade, individually created Valentines. Envelopes are not required.
- Keep your cards to a size of 8 1/2" x 11" or under for ease in shipping and distribution.
- Cards cannot include glitter, food or candy, but there are still many ways to personalize a handmade card. Write a message to them and say, “Thank You”, tell them about yourself and wish them a Happy Valentine Day! Our troops are away from their loved ones and friends, so they really want to know that people back home appreciate them. Please feel free to share this with everyone you know!! We know our service men and women appreciate receiving the cards each year!
- Military personnel love to communicate with you! You can include your school, church or organization name, address and/or email contact on each card so recipients can write back. Cards from children/students must include a first name only. If you do not receive a reply from a Service Member, do not be discouraged. Remember: Our troops are busy!
- Photos of the sender, sender's family, church, or classroom participants can add a personal touch to your card.
- Keep your messages positive! Start with a salutation, such as "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One." All cards will be screened.
Do not put individual Valentines in sealed envelopes.
Bundle cards and send in a single large envelope or box containing all of the Valentines to:
FOR SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, and RETIREMENT HOMES in Stow
Contact Councilman Jeremy McIntire at 330-352-0487 or [email protected]; or
Claire McIntire at 330-618-7586 or [email protected] and we will pick up the Valentines.
For residents who wish to make and send Valentine cards, they may be dropped off from NOW THRU JANUARY 25, 2023 there will be a drop box located at the front desk in the atrium of:
Stow City Hall
3760 Darrow Rd, Stow, OH 44224
Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm
An additional collection box will be located at
1904 Baker Ln, Stow, OH 44224
*ALL VALENTINES MUST BE COMPLETED AND RECEIVED BY JANUARY 25, 2023*
On its website, the United States Post Office explains the importance of military mail:
“More than 1.4 million Americans serve in the military, with about 200,000 of those troops serving overseas. Members of the armed forces can feel isolated while deployed, often in dangerous conditions. The military discovered long ago that mail boosts the morale of troops serving in other parts of the world, so it has made military mail a high priority. Military mail provides members of the armed forces with a vital link to their communities. Mail call is the moment when the frontline and home front connect”.
“We cannot think of a better holiday to let someone know you are thinking of them than Valentine’s Day,” said Councilman McIntire. “Please join Claire and I to help bring smiles to the brave men and women serving overseas by sending them a valentine.”