Valentines for Vets

Valentines for Vets

This Valentine’s Day thank Canadian Veterans by sending them a hand-made valentine.


Inspired by the Federal Government’s Valentine’s for Veterans campaign, the SWLSB Spiritual Animation Department would like to launch a local version of this initiative! This Valentine’s Day our students can take the opportunity to thank Canadian Veterans by sending them a hand-made Valentine. Participating students will be able to give back to the community by making a connection with these national treasures during this difficult time.

We invite schools, families and students to make Valentine cards for our Canadian Veterans. Each Valentine will be distributed to veterans in long-term care facilities and our local Legion by February 14, Valentine’s Day.

We invite schools to collect the Valentines up until February 5. Please collect all of the Valentines in a large envelope addressed to the attention of Daniel Johnson and advise him when they are ready for pick up.

We encourage you to share your valentines on social media with a photo using the #valentinesforvets, #swlsbproud!

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Tips for Teachers & Parents

  1. Please do not include candy or chocolate with the valentines.

  2. Do not use sparkles or materials that easily break off the valentines.

  3. Encourage your students to sign their valentines and to write a bit about themselves—their age and what school they attend. However, do not include addresses or phone numbers.

  4. Do not put individual valentines in sealed envelopes. Send us a single large envelope containing all of the valentines.

  5. Do not put the date or year on the valentines.

  6. Ensure your students are aware of who Veterans are—they are living and were men and women who served in the military. Avoid using "RIP" and images related to violence or death such as graveyards or guns.


Message Ideas

  1. Tell the Veteran why they are important, what you plan to do this year to remember our nation's proud military history, or the reason you want to wish them a Happy Valentine's Day.

  2. Thank the Veteran for his or her service, sacrifice and commitment to our country and citizens.

  3. Write a poem or include one of significance to Valentine's Day or to Veterans, such as, "In Flanders Fields" or "Roses are Red."

  4. Send a store-bought valentine; hand-crafted cards, however, make Veterans feel extra special.

  5. Valentines of all shapes, sizes, and colours are welcome. However, valentines that are greeting-card size are easier to package and distribute.

Here are some messages Veterans have received...

"Thank you for your bravery and courage in the war. Without your courageous acts we may not be here today."

"I sincerely thank you for your dedication to our country. Your sacrifice in the face of great danger, and the bravery that you showed will echo in the generations to come. Your heroism has inspired me to do many things."

"Thank you for risking your life for my freedom."

"I am sending you a special valentine wish. I want to let you know how much you are appreciated, and thought of often."

"Mere words cannot describe how thankful we all are for all of the devotion and hard work it took to go to war."

"A card made for someone special, who changed the world for the better; and for that you will always be loved, remembered, and treasured."

"For someone special, who's changed the world for the better; you are loved and appreciated and thought of often!"

"We thank you for your many efforts and sacrifices. We feel secure and safe because you made sure that we do. With much gratitude and appreciation."