VFW distributes Valentine’s Day cards at vets home

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Deb Lewis holds a Valentine's Day card made by a student with special needs Friday at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Deb Lewis, left, presents Valentine's Day cards made by students with special needs to Barbara Dawson-Perry at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo on Friday.

Deb Lewis, state senior vice commander of the Hawaii Veterans of Foreign Wars, and John Hiduchick with VFW 3830, presented Valentine’s Day cards to residents to Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on Friday afternoon.

The Valentine’s Day cards were created by students with specials needs from the Honolulu District. More than 30 students signed 160 cards with their names and messages of love for veterans at the home.

Lewis and Hiduchick presented the cards to resident Barbara Dawson-Perry, who has become a spokesperson for residents at Yukio Okutsu.

“We used to be part of their lives so much before COVID-19,” Lewis said. “We wanted to do something to let everyone know that we’re still thinking of them and still love them.”

After receiving the cards and heart stickers, Dawson-Perry thanked the two for not forgetting them on Valentine’s Day.


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