A few dozen people in bright red shirts walked the halls of Marquis Forest Grove on Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, handing out roses and sharing stories of love with seniors.
Marquis and Consonus, which own the Forest Grove care facilities, partner their nonprofit organization, the Vital Life Foundation, with nonprofit organization Wish of a Lifetime to gather groups of volunteers to pass out roses with special messages in hundreds of cities across the country.
"The Cupid Crew goes out and (delivers) 30,000 roses in 300 cities across the United States, and we will be delivering 2,000 roses in Oregon," Marquis administrator Nicole Burnham said of this year's Valentine's Day event. "So the Vital Life Foundation partners with Wish of a Lifetime for this event, and also for sending veterans back to Washington, D.C."
Across the region, Thursday's volunteers included kindergarten groups, local police officers and firefighter officials, Oregon State University students and faculty, volunteers from nonprofit Friends of the Children, and more.
On a day devoted to love, Thursday's events were a chance to bring joy to seniors across the country, something important to Burnham and many others.
"You saw all the smiles on everyone's faces," Burnham said. "It brings me to tears to think about how we can make their lives special."
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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