VFMC Providers Make Operation Valentine A Huge Success

February 9, 2011
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The message is a simple one, ?Thank you so much for what you do, we always need you.? That is just one of the many sweet messages from the heart of a child to a soldier overseas in Veterans & Family Memorial Care?s 3rd Annual OPERATION VALENTINE.

Here’s what some VFMC Providers have to say…..

?I am simply amazed at the community reaction to VFMC?s Operation Valentine. The valentines keep pouring in. We are sending in hundred s of cards that schools, church groups and many individual families created for the troops. This has been a very successful project and we have had some really great press. We received over a hundred new valentines this morning alone! We are in a very rural community about an hour northwest of Boston and we have nearly five hundred valentines being sent out to our local men and women who are serving. I am hopeful that these endeavors will continue to flourish as we keep promoting support of our troops. The newspaper is coming back tomorrow to take some photos of all the valentines before they get shipped off.?

– Scott A. Hebert, Owner/Director Fletcher Funeral Homes, Gardner, MA

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?We have 7 elementary schools that are participating in VFMC?s OPVAL. Our Lead Director Tom Meritt and I are collecting the handmade cards today and tomorrow and sending the cards to Troops deployed in the Middle East as well as a ship that is currently deployed. We have our local community paper coverage with photos and story as well as the local Fox News channel. ?

-Jeff Harbeson, President, Family Choice Funerals & Cremation, Roanoke & Virginia Bch, VA.

Participating Veterans & Family Memorial Care providers nationwide sponsor VFMC?s annual Operation Valentine. The project is simple and meaningful, according to Mark Davis, founder and CEO of VFMC and its parent company ValMark Memorial Group. ?Students and individuals throughout communities nationwide write messages to the troops on handmade Valentine Cards, Cut-Out Hearts, or whatever they like and we make sure that they are delivered to our brave men and women serving overseas. Our troops are away from their loved ones and friends so they really want to know that people back home appreciate them. Care packages are one thing, but this is a real morale boost.?

Here?s more feedback from other VFMC Providers:

?Peacock Funeral Home is fairly new to the VFMC family and we were overwhelmed with Valentines from churches, pre-schools, first and second graders, just regular folks from our little town…even the residents at our local nursing care facility. We mailed over 300 to my nephew and one of the employee’s at the newspaper that is stationed overseas. In fact the little Alta Vista country school kindergarten class got their picture in the paper holding their Valentines they made. They loved seeing their picture in the paper. Great experience for everyone. The teachers used it as an art class project as well awareness for these little guys! Plus the funeral home looked like heroes for doing this. The positive publicity has been incredible. Glad to be a VFMC? Provider……….Great PR.. Thanks!!

– Clay Peacock at Peacock Funeral Home, Lamar, Colorado

“We shipped out over 400 cards from the Elementary Schools (Robbins Elementary, Carthage Elementary, and Southern Pines Primary) where we serve! The students were so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project! Looking forward to the next event that we can be involved in.”

– Wendy Butner, Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage, NC

?Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how successful “Operation Valentine” has been for us. We opted to forward valentines to the PAL organization a subsidiary of Marine Parents. We sent 1100 valentines to U.S. Marines that have become injured or ill while serving in combat zones. (They are in hospitals and nursing facilities stateside).?

– Steve Ford, Funeral Director/Owner Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory

?I want to thank you for these great programs. The “free” information about Operation Valentine that was in our local paper is invaluable. We will be doing this every year from now on due to the tremendous response and all because of a simple email out to about 5 schools! If we were paying for an “Ad” like this size and in color to go in our local paper, we estimate it would have been about $575.00! Keep up the great work and again, I am proud to be associated with your organization!!?

– Samuel A. Glenn, Owner/Director, Custer-Glenn Funeral Home

?This is a tremendous success!! It is great to hear about the other success stories! We too have had great success with Operation Valentine. We received approximately 250 Valentines for the troops from one of our Rochester City Schools who participated. They presented us with the Valentines at their morning pep rally and it drew the attention of 3 news stations. The students were excited to help and bring smiles to the faces of our troops overseas. Thank you for creating Operation Valentine. It is our pleasure to be a member of your organization.?

– Paul Perotto, Bus. Mngr, Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Rochester, NY

There are currently over 900 family owned & operated exclusive VFMC Providers in 48 states throughout the U.S. To learn more about becoming the VFMC Provider in your area visit:

VeteransHonored.com or call Toll Free, (866) 770-6791

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