Valentine’s for Veterans: Operation Love – A 34 Year Long Tradition

RED BANK, Tenn. (WDEF) – Hundreds of people showed up today to make Valentines for Veterans at Red Bank’s Community Center.

Link Sparks, the woman behind the campaign Operation Love, has been showing her appreciation to veterans since 1989.

Paula Bean has been writing letters to veterans for years. “We want them to know that there are people out there who appreciate their service and love them for what they did,” she said.

Link Sparks has one goal for Valentine’s Day, and that’s to make every veteran feel appreciated. She said, “I can’t raise 10 million dollars, you know, but I can make cards.”

Sparks started making Valentines for veterans in 1989 with her 9th grade English class.

She said, over the years, people have given her names of veterans to send letters to.

Today, her campaign writes to 540 veterans.

Sparks also said that they’ve sent over 700 letters to local hospitals and other veteran groups. “Everybody should care about it. Everybody should do something. Whatever you can do.” She continued, “You can visit veterans in nursing homes, you can go down to the medal of honor museum and be awed by everything down there, or you can come and make cards two Saturdays a year.”

The event will also take place next Saturday, January 28th.

Valentines for Veterans starts at 11 am and goes until 2 pm.

Sparks also said that she collects cards written by students, and will mail them out on their behalf.

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