Heart-felt deliveries

Seniors receive surprise valentines through local project


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake Villa resident Blanche Leininger, 102, left, reacts to receiving a surprise Heart-AGram filled with a half dozen cookies Wednesday from Erica Hess, Heartland of Indian Lake director of social services. ABOVE: Indian Lake Villa resident Geraldine Campbell, right, checks out a valentine, bottom left, that reads “We love you!” while talking with Heartland of Indian Lake staff members Erica Hess, left, and Sue Wellman. BELOW: A box of heart-shaped cookies were delivered to nearly 50 senior citizens around Logan County this week through Heartland of Indian Lake’s Heart-A-Gram project. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)


Nearly 50 senior citizens around Logan County received surprise knocks at their doors and special gifts this week during a local effort to help make their Valentine’s Day a little sweeter.

Heartland of Indian Lake staff conducted their third annual Heart-A-Gram project, where family members and friends could place an order for any resident in the county age 65 or older. The free valentine delivery included a half dozen cookies, along with a personalized card for the recipient.

Indian Lake Villa resident Blanche Leininger, 102, was one of the Heart-A-Gram recipients Wednesday. She opened her apartment door to find several smiling individuals from the nursing and rehabilitation facility holding the heart-shaped treats and also a card from a family member that called her “inspirational.”

“Oh thank you so much!” she said, clasping her hand over her mouth. “This is so nice. I wasn’t expecting anything like this.”

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