What happens when you mix candy, memes and hard seltzers at happy hour?
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and human connections. Yet it can make it one of the loneliest days of the year. Particularly at time where loneliness is at epidemic levels in America.
In what has become an annual tradition, Hunt Adkins holds a happy hour aimed at helping Metro Meals on Wheels serve up smiles to its clients on Valentine’s Day.
Over sugary confections, bubbly beverages, glue sticks, glitter and a smattering of glam, we come together to handcraft Valentine’s for our community members who are most vulnerable to isolation and loneliness.
Sure, our efforts are only a small part of the estimated 145 million cards being sent on Valentines this year. But the rewards of these whimsical, sometimes sassy but always heartfelt cards are immeasurable. The vital human connections are as important to the seniors and people with disabilities who receive them as they are for those of us who make them.
“For a generation of Tinder swipers and Instagram likers, there’s something romantic and almost old-fashioned about a physical, handwritten card,” says Anna Barry, a historian of 19th-century culture. “It’s both tangible and enduring. You can’t put a WhatsApp message in a keepsake box.”
We encourage everyone to do their part to combat loneliness this Valentine’s Day by sharing a smile. Please enjoy some of our puntastic classroom Valentines below.