WEST CHESTER >> While emails, Twitter, texting and Facebook now rule many holidays, who can’t appreciate a homemade Valentine’s Day card?
Girls Scouts with Troops 4111, 4920 and 4111, based at Glen Acres and Fern Hill elementary schools, recently used mostly pink, red, white and purple colors to design Valentine’s Day cards depicting hearts, trees and flowers.
The cards are destined for holiday diners with the Salvation Army meal program.
Maggie Fernandes, Scout co-leader, said the Scouts live by a motto “to help people at all times.”
Nine-year-old Scout Julia Abraham is a Glen Acres student.
“I want to make them feel good,” she said. “It’s going to make their day.”
Julian’s sister, Abby Abraham, 7, is a Daisy Scout. She designed hearts and a dog.
Mother Jean Abraham said the project was a nice way to introduce the girls to giving back, even to people they don’t know.
“Part of the lesson is that you don’t always have to know who you are giving to,” she said.
Nakayla Keslick is a 9-year-old, fourth grader at Glen Acres.
“Sometimes they don’t get that many valentines on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “Everyone deserves a Valentine’s card.”
Mother Christy Keslick was pleased that her daughter was giving back.
“It’s one of those things you don’t think of in your everyday life — to get something meaningful from somebody else, even if it’s a 9-year-old girl,” she said.
Paula Hedderick is manager of operations for the borough’s Salvation Army.
Hedderick said she’s gotten to know many of those who enjoy a hot meal at the Salvation Army.
“If you know they are lonely, you know that card will change their day,” she said. “It will make a difference and the girls understand that.
“It’s a real treat, something special — I don’t think anyone who works these meal programs isn’t touched.”
Salvation Army Captain Maria Corraliza said it’s a nice gesture by the scouts to show that participants in the meal program “can feel loved and cared for.”