How to spread Valentine’s Day love to veterans and deployed service members

By Cortney Moore | Published on January 22, 2022

Show your patriotic support with these Valentine’s Day card drives for active and retired service members

Valentine’s Day is a great day to show your thanks and appreciation to former and current service members.

If you don’t happen to know a veteran or anyone who’s currently serving in the armed forces, there are Valentine’s Day card drives that are being hosted by several nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

Here are three nonprofits that are helping people spread Valentine’s Day cheer.

Hugs for Soldiers

You can send your best wishes to deployed service members through Hugs for Soldiers. The Georgia-based nonprofit helps civilians send patriotic cards and letters of appreciation to brave troops all year round. Hugs for Soldiers told Fox News Digital that the organization is accepting cards and will bundle them in care packages that are being sent to active service members who have asked for support.

Hugs for Soldiers recommends sending in handwritten letters or notes a few weeks before Valentine’s Day since shipping for the cards generally takes two weeks. Thoughtful civilians can mail their holiday or general thank you card and optional unsealed card envelope to one of the two addresses below.

Hugs for Soldiers

P.O. Box 2887

Duluth, GA 30096

Operation Gratitude

You can send a Valentine’s Day card or care package to deployed troops, veterans, military families and first responders through Operation Gratitude. The California-based nonprofit accepts prepared cards for care packages all year round. Operation Gratitude’s Greeting Card Brigade also accepts blank handmade greeting cards that are provided to service members who send cards to loved ones, friends and family.

Operation Gratitude will attempt to send out Valentine’s Day-themed greeting cards if they’re mailed to the organization early enough, but timeless cards are preferred. The cards can be mailed or dropped off in person at the address below.

Operation Gratitude

9409 Owensmouth

Chatsworth CA 91311

Soldiers’ Angels

If you’d like to send Valentine’s Day cards to deployed troops and VA Hospitals, take a look at Soldiers’ Angels. The Texas-based nonprofit is running a “Valentines for Veterans” campaign where civilians can submit store-bought or handmade cards and individually wrapped candy. To participate in the campaign, Soldiers’ Angels only asks for $1 in cash or check to cover shipping costs.

Soldiers’ Angels will be accepting Valentine’s Day cards until Feb. 14.

Valentines for Veterans participants can mail their card, $1 contribution, optional unsealed card envelope and candy to the address below.

Soldiers’ Angels Valentines for Veterans

2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107

San Antonio, TX 78218