by Lauryn Bentley, NTV, ABC
One woman from Hebron is spreading some love this Valentine’s Day by giving away cards from students all across the state to those she says need it the most.
Marky Miller has been collecting Valentines Day cards to give to veterans for a decade.
“This is the 10th year that I’ve done it” she said,
And each year it has grown.
“The first year, I think I had five schools and I got 400 valentines and this year I got 10 schools and we have a little over 1,600 valentines this year” she said.
The project has grown not just by how many Valentines she received, but the miles it took it pick them up.
“This year when I picked them up, I wasn’t really sure how far it was, it was 240 miles to do the pickups so it covers a four county area” she said.
After retiring, she said she wanted to do something to help others and collecting Valentines for Veterans seemed like a perfect way to start.
“It’s a fun thing to do, I think, doing something that brings a smile to some people’s face, I like doing community service” she said.
What she said matters most is the way the cards make the veterans feel. Manager of Recreation and Volunteer Services at the Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home Nancy Klimek said the Valentines have a deeper meaning to the veterans.
“For them to know they have never been forgotten, nor have their sacrifices been forgotten, it really is one of the ways they can see that their sacrifices have not been forgotten and that we really do appreciate the freedom that we have everyday” she said.
And that’s partly through what the many messages in the cards have to say.
“You are in my thoughts, you are in my prayers, for all you have done” she said.
“I read, we’re thanking them for their freedom, for allowing girls to get an education because in many places girls can’t get an education or play sports. Stuff like that, that when I was in the 3rd grade, I wouldn’t think of” she said.
As Marky wrapped up this year, she said she has no plans on stopping any time soon.
“As long as I can do it, I plan to continue on,” she said.