SSF Seniors Send Handmade Cards To Soldiers Overseas With Love

February 13, 2018

South San Francisco
By Renee Schiavone

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA – With the help of the California National Guard and community leaders, Magnolia Center senior citizens sent 1,800 handmade valentines to servicemen and women from the Golden State who have been mobilized to active duty and deployed in Afghanistan and the Greater Middle East, Ukraine, Kosovo, Africa and across the Americas.

The valentines should be in their hands soon, if they aren't there already – even though more cards handcrafted by the South City seniors are traveling greater distances to more places this year than ever before in the 10-year history of the Magnolia Center's valentines project, according to the center and the California National Guard.

"It's a new record," said Major Shannon Terry of the California Military Department in Sacramento. Deployed in Iraq in 2006, she knows firsthand how precious mail from home – especially handwritten cards and letters – can be to a soldier overseas. That's why she attends the South City seniors' annual card-making fest whenever she can.