Petaluma People Services Center Special Delivery Project 2024

Fourteen years ago, we asked you to create handmade valentines that we could deliver to our Home Delivered Meals seniors who were homebound. This little project has grown and exceeded our expectations and we now, with your help, deliver homemade valentines to every senior in southern Sonoma County. Even if you don’t live in Petaluma, you can help by lovingly making and penning a sweet message inside the valentines that we will deliver. Last year we received over 5,000 valentines and were able to deliver valentines to all the seniors throughout the south county, in addition to our Home Delivered Meals recipients.

Here are all the nitty-gritty details:

How do you get involved? Easy! We need your help to supply the cards and stamps. PPSC serves over 500 seniors daily. So, we need as many valentines as we can get. Last year we expanded our request to help us provide valentines to every senior we could find in Petaluma and it worked! We delivered over 5,000 cards!

How do you help? You guessed it – please make your own card and include a nice message. Please craft as many Valentines as you would like and send them to us. The deadline for us to receive cards is Friday, February 9, 2024. There are a few other important guidelines for this, so please carefully read them below.

Then what happens? Special delivery! We will collect all the cards by 2/09/2024 and deliver them in time for Valentine’s Day.

Is that all? No, there’s more. Please send a photo of your valentines to Cares@petalumapeople.org so we can share it with others who are creating cards.

How else can I help? You can also help by donating towards the purchase of stamps that we will use to mail out the Valentine’s Day cards. Checks can be mailed to PPSC, 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma CA 94952

How do I participate in Special Delivery? Make a handmade Valentine’s Day greeting card (or several). Mail to or drop off at: PPSC, 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, CA 94952, Attn: St. Valentine

When do the cards have to arrive at PPSC? The deadline is Friday, February 9th. This is important!

Are there any rules about what the cards should look like? Yes. Please follow these guidelines; otherwise, we can’t use your card(s): 

  • •No glitter! This creates food safety issues,
  • •Please make your cards cheerful by using bright colors. You can decorate cards using paint, crayons, markers, collageor anything else you can think of,
  • •Please avoid dark backgrounds and religious symbols,
  • •Please write clearly in large print and avoid using abbreviation “V-day”. Please say, “Valentine’s Day”,
  • •You should not give out your address or suggest that the recipients write back to you. Initiating an ongoingcorrespondence is not appropriate,
  • •Please make sure that the cards are appropriate for the intended audience. That is to say, pretend it’s your sweetgrandma, not your snarky teenage brother.

How many cards should I send? Send love like it’s confetti, but remember, even a sprinkle can brighten someone’s day! Quality over quantity – make each card a heartfelt reminder of the love we share. (Have extra stamps? We’ll take those too!)

What’s the deadline again? We need to have all of the cards in our hot little hands by Friday, February 9, 2024.