Valentines for Vets

Carol Crabbe and Mildred Aipperspach sat at a table in the American Legion Club in Minot Wednesday morning writing messages in handmade valentines that will go to local veterans.

Valentines for Veterans is an annual project of the Minot American Legion Auxiliary.

Crabbe, veterans chairwoman for the local American Legion Auxiliary, and Aipperspach, membership chairwoman, said the auxiliary has done the project anywhere from around 10 to 15 years.

On Wednesday morning, the two were working on the valentines but hoping other volunteers would arrive over the next hours to work on valentines, although they said the cold weather may impact the turnout that day.

Crabbe said she had a call from a woman who said she would be by later with her children to make valentines. “Usually we spend the whole day here so people can come in whenever they want. That’s why we set up for the day to make it convenient for people,” she said.

“We’ll see how many we get done today and then we go from there,” she added.

Last year about 450 valentines were made and distributed to veterans.

Minot elementary school classes contribute to the project with valentines that the children make.

Crabbe said local service groups and others also will make and bring valentines to them.

Aipperspach said the idea for the now annual project originated with the auxiliary.

Crabbe said a lot of the craft items they use to make the valentines is donated and the auxiliary also purchases items. “We try to provide a good variety of crafts for it,” she said. She said kids who have helped with the project like to “put hearts on everything.”

“We usually stamp the back of them with the Legion auxiliary sticker and then we count them out and distribute them to the veterans at the nursing homes here in Minot and Edgewood Vista,” Crabbe said. Valentines also go to Minot Air Force Base and the North Dakota National Guard.

“We send a big share of them to Lisbon,” she said. The North Dakota Veterans Home is located there.

On Thursday, Crabbe said a few more people joined them to help with the valentines project and they completed about 80 valentines on Wednesday. She said the valentines from schoolchildren haven’t been received yet.

For more information about the project or to contribute handmade valentines with messages, call Carol Crabbe at 839-8591. The deadline for completed valentines is Jan. 28.

Crabbe and Aipperspach said the feedback that the auxiliary has received about the project is that the veterans really like to receive the valentines and really appreciate it.