Project Donations were spent in the following ways:
$2900 – Goody Bags & Cards
$1600 – Scholarship fund at Bloom Early Learning & Childcare
$1420 – Donated items to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery from their “Wish List”, including: Children's Bath Products, Infant/Child OTC medicine, Bouncy Seats, CD Player & fun CD's, Baby Food & Formula, Toys, Storage Containers, etc.
$5240 - Donated Cookies/Snacks for the community kitchen at Hope Lodge, as well as a cash donation of $5000.
$1800 - Donated items to Hope 4 Youth from their “Wish List”, including: lot’s of food/snacks/Cookies for their food pantry, Men's & women/s undergarments, Backpacks, and water bottles, and a cash Donation of $1000.
Additional Cool Stuff:
This year was the 10th Anniversary of my Valentine Project so we decided to celebrate! My mom and dad rented a big room and we invited anyone that had donated to the project over the last 10 years! We had over 100 friends and family there for food, memories and fun! We also had some special guest speakers from 5 of the locations that I deliver to -- I was able to tell everyone why I loved going there, and they were able to talk about what their place is all about and how the project has impacted the people that live there. We wanted everyone to know about the impact that their donations had made for so many people over the years! One more very special person also flew to Minnesota all the way from Arizona to celebrate with us -- Lynne Avril! She is the illustrator of the book that started it all, Love, Ruby Valentine, by Laurie Friedman. We became fast friends and I even went to visit her during our spring break in Arizona!