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Grocery shoppers help spread valentine cheer

Audrey and Ralph Hurley said they don’t have big plans for Valentine’s Day, but they got into the spirit a little bit early Friday, when several visitors entered the Heartland of Bellefontaine dining area with holiday-related gifts.

ABOVE: Michele Jones, Heartland of Bellefontaine activities director, left, and Dan Scott, Kroger of Bellefontaine store manager, confer Friday while organizing about 300 balloons that were delivered to Heartland by Kroger employees for the store’s Heart 2 Heart Valentine’s Day project. BELOW: Ralph and Audrey Hurley of Bellefontaine, both seated, wait to receive their balloon, while Michele Jones, activities director, looks on Friday at Heartland of Bellefontaine where Mr. Hurley has undergone therapy in the rehabilitation center for the past several weeks. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY HOCHSTEDLER)

Several Kroger of Bellefontaine employees were delivering about 300 balloons in shades of pink, red and purple decorated with hearts and Valentine’s Day wishes.

Seniors’ faces lit up around the dining hall as the store employees and Heartland staff handed out the balloons.

“This is very nice,” said Mr. Hurley, a smile spreading across his face. He has been a patient in the facility’s rehabilitation center for the past 12 weeks, and will go home today to join his wife in their Bellefontaine residence.

This surprise visit was made possible through Kroger’s annual Heart 2 Heart program.

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