Labor of love: Teen brightens Valentine’s for seniors

Valentines Cards

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you think it’s a lot of work making Valentine’s cards for your child’s classmates, you should see what an Albuquerque high school student did to make strangers smile. Her project became a labor of love.

“Valentine, you make me happy when skies are gray,” said, Kyleigh Moya, 17, a senior at Volcano Vista High School, as she read one Valentine greeting from a box of cards, a box containing 2,052 cards to be exact.

Moya started this project two months ago adding a special touch to the cards.

“Each of them are handmade with scrap-booking supplies,” she said.

But the cards aren’t going to her classmates at Volcano Vista. The cards were distributed Friday, along with food, on Meals on Wheels routes to senior citizens.

Shauna Kessler, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque, said, “Getting something like this really warms their hearts and lets them know that there’s other people out there that care about them.”

“Over half of our clients actually tell us that the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only person that they see on a regular basis, so getting something like this really warms their hearts and lets them know that there’s other people out there that care about them,” she added.

KRQE News 13 rode along with volunteer June Miller.

“I enjoy the visits and just seeing their faces,” Miller said. “This is my part, it’s not very much, but it’s my part,” she said of her volunteer experience. “Just the people, and just doing something for the Lord,” Miller added.

But Friday, as she dropped off her normal balanced meals on her route, she also delivered Valentine’s Day cards.

“Here’s your dinner, and I brought you a Valentine from this young girl who made Valentines for everyone,” Miller informed a client, June, who was home with her physical therapist. “Oh, thank you, that’s nice,” June responded.

From house to house, the cards brightened people’s days.

“That is very sweet,” said Marjorie, another client.

“Wonderful, wonderful, thank you, thank you so much,” added Janet, as she sat and read her card.

Moya started this valentine venture to enter a $10,000 scholarship contest through DoSomething.org to show older adults that younger people care. The contest is still ongoing. But along the way, spending time on each Valentine’s Day card, Moya said she learned a bigger lesson.

“After making the first 50, it was just more of a personal ‘I hope everyone gets one’ more than just the scholarship,” she said.

Moya and her family spent about $700 on making the cards. She plans to attend Colorado Christian University.

Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque said it welcomes donations and volunteers.

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