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Volunteers meet at Scappoose Community and Senior Center for sixth annual Valentines for Vets event

COURTESY PHOTOS - From left, Columbia County RSVP volunteers Carla Bodenhamer, Sharon Brown and Mary Ann Shaw craft valentines for the service-oriented groups sixth annual Valentines for Vets event held Monday, Jan. 20, at the Scappoose Senior and Community Center.

More than 30 volunteers met at the Scappoose Senior and Community Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to craft valentines for distribution to Columbia County veterans during the Columbia County Retired Senior and Volunteer Program's sixth annual Valentines for Vets.

"Each valentine was created to show appreciation and respect for our veterans for serving our country," notes a Jan. 20 press release about the Valentines for Vets event, which also marked a National Day of Service project.

PHOTO COURTESY COLUMBIA COUNTY RSVP - Just a small sampling of the more than 300 valentines created during Columbia County RSVPs sixth annual Valentines for Vets event held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a National Day of Service. During the first two weeks in February, volunteers will distribute the valentines to "as many veterans as possible in Columbia County," the release states.

Columbia County RSVP offered special thanks to Carrie Bodenhamer's split class of fourth and fifth graders from Olympic Elementary School in Longview, Washington, for contributing an additional 80 valentines to distribute.

"All of the valentines are sure to bring smiles. If you know of a group where veterans gather that we could deliver valentines to, or know of a veteran who would appreciate a card, please message us," the release concludes.

Columbia County RSVP can be contacted on its Facebook page; by emailing Monica Cade, the group's director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by calling the office at 503-397-5655; or in person at 270 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

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