Valentine's Day is the day of love and romance, and many times the ones who are not here at home are often forgotten.
One local third grade teacher from David Crockett Elementary, Erika Cabrera, found the Valentines for Veterans program and decided to quickly jump on the giving-train. Mrs. Cabrera even found a beautiful teaching moment when bringing this project upon her students.
She said that she felt most of her students barely understood what it meant to even stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and she had to explain to them that the military is the reason we are able to have a free country. "They fight for our freedom, and we're here in the classroom, we get to learn everyday, because they're over there fighting for our freedom," says Cabrera.
A wife of an Army veteran, she knows all too well how wonderful it is to get a valentine when you're halfway across the world, "my husband is army, and my husband said, I remember getting one of those cards, and it makes your day. Especially when you're there nine, ten, eleven [months], even for a year and it really makes your day."
Many students felt the out pour of love for these veterans and wanted to make sure they received a special gift. Each Valentine was written with a note, to help personalize and thank each veteran for serving our country.
"I think this is good for the troops because they're seeing we're their family too and they're seeing more of their family showing their love to them," says 3rd-grade student, Kayden Reyna.
Through Valentines for Veterans, each valentine is made along with a $1 donation to help with shipping costs, so the valentine's can be sent throughout the world. Mrs. Cabrera was able to raise over $100 during the week, and she even found some students donating dollars for other students who did not have the money to donate and make a valentine.
"They're never forgotten and when they're overseas I know how hard it is, so I hope this really makes their day," Erika Cabrera.
The day before Valentine's Day, when this story aired on KRIS 6 News, a man called in to the station to offer the school free shipping if they had any extra Valentine's to send to troops.
Valentine's Day truly is, the holiday of love.
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