Community help needed to create “Heart Warmers: Valentines for Seniors”

Moore Law for Children and Council on Aging, Southern California, is requesting the help of the community for the fourth consecutive year to send heartfelt love to seniors in our community with handmade Valentine’s Day cards.

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Photos courtesy of Meldie Moore

Meldie Moore with cards from 2023

Approximately 28,000 elderly and disabled adults live in 1,100 long-term care facilities in Orange County. Approximately 50% or 14,000 have no friend or family member actively involved in their care. The community is invited to make Valentine’s Day cards this year to let these lonely seniors know they are valued, loved and not forgotten.

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Moore delivering cards

In 2021, Laguna Beach locals Meldie Moore, founder and owner of Law Moore for Children and Lisa Jenkins, president and CEO of Council on Aging Southern California, joined forces to bring a little love to seniors isolated in long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 quarantine.

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(L-R) President and CEO of Council on Aging Southern California Lisa Jenkins, Meldie Moore and Director of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at Council on Aging Southern California Libby Anderson

Moore Law for Children put out the call to the community to help make cards and the community answered with more than 1,000 cards. Council on Aging Southern California made sure all 1,000 cards were delivered to seniors in Orange County. In 2022, that number was doubled to 2,000 cards. Last year, in 2023, it doubled again and more than 4,000 cards were made and delivered to seniors in Orange County and Riverside. Laguna Beach students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local art classes, local businesses and other community members participated to make this heartwarming project a growing success each year.

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Cards made in 2023

The goal this year is to surpass 4,000 cards. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends, be creative, even earn community service hours, and most importantly, make a loving difference in someone’s day.

How to instructions:

1. Fold construction paper or cardstock to create a Valentine’s card. Decorate the front and write a loving message inside.

2. No envelope is needed.

3. Do not sign the cards because that can confuse the seniors if they get a card from someone they don’t know.

4. Deliver by Thursday, Feb. 1 to: Moore Law for Children, 361 Forest Ave., Suite 201 (2nd floor), Laguna Beach, 92651, or Council on Aging – Southern California, Executive Circle, Suite 175, Irvine, Calif. 92614.

For questions, email reception@moorelawoc.com, or call 949.336.7711.

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