Valentines for Veterans

Teens for Christ collecting cards for VA Hospital

Danielle Ricketts, News and Co-creative Writing Editor

Members of the Teens for Christ club are looking for help making as many Valentine’s Day cards as possible for the veterans at the VA Hospital in West Haven.

Valentine’s Day is usually a time for telling the people you love how much you love them. Many of the patients and residents at the VA, however, don’t receive as much love as they should, especially with the increased isolation caused by the pandemic.

This is why the members of the Teens for Christ club thought Valentine’s Day would be a great opportunity for veterans to feel loved and thought of. 

“Many veterans feel forgotten, or unappreciated… I just want to make sure that I can do my part to help spread a message of love and encouragement to a population that deserves it,” said Club Adviser Timothy Gast. 

The club needs all the help it can get with making cards from anyone who is willing, so they may reach as many veterans as possible. Any amount helps!

It is as simple as buying pre-made Valentine’s Day cards from the dollar store and filling them in with anything that will make its reader feel loved and special. Students can also visit H218 for supplies if they are unable to buy them. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so make sure to drop off your submissions to Mr. Gast in room H218, or the front office, by February 8.

These cards don’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day.

 “Veterans would appreciate thank you cards throughout the year, and if we can encourage the community to get involved and provide support or notes of encouragement throughout the year, it would mean a lot,” Mr. Gast said.

For more information, you can reach out to Mr. Gast at or Danielle Ricketts, the club’s president, at

If you are interested in giving back to the community in ways like this, among other ways, think about joining the Teens for Christ club. The Google Classroom code is ajnx7i3.