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Group spreads Valentine's Day cheer to a creative tune

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PERRY COUTNY, Ky. (WYMT) If you’ve ever struggled with how to impress your honey on Valentine’s Day, you aren’t alone!

“You can always get roses, you can always get candy, but can you get singing and roses and candy from a loved one?” Hazard Health and Rehab Center Program Director Teresa White said.

For 25 years, a group for the center has delivered singing telegrams on Valentine’s Day for folks around Hazard and Perry County.

“We help other non-profit organizations with donations. We help residents if they need dentures or glasses. Sometimes we hire people to come help entertain,” White added.

Donna Shepherd was at work when she was surprised with a telegram from her fiancé.

“He’s in big trouble when I get my hands on him, no, I want to thank him!” Shepherd said.

Regardless of age, the day has everyone thinking of the people they love the most.

“Family is your sweetheart as well. And that’s also important, and we are all a family at our facility,” White added.

“I want to tell [my husband] I love him. I’m gonna cry!” Director of Nursing Sandra Wilson said.

“[Love is] how you like someone so much that they just go in our heart and they just stay there,” 7 year old Olivia Calhoun said.

And if you’re still looking for a perfect gift, sometimes the answer is simple.

“You just don’t have to pay for love,” Calhoun added.

Money from the telegrams go toward the center’s Activity Fund.

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