Valentines for Veterans

February 07, 2014

One afternoon each month during the school year and every Wednesday afternoon in the summer, a group of happy kids converge on the Summit View mobile home park community room in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Free ice cream, you ask?  Well, as a matter of fact, yes.

But the Hames Kids Program, which is in its 3rd year, reaches out to others, too.

This month, 13 Summit View youth along with the office administrator, Theresa Geyer, made over 200 valentines to give to those who have served in the US Armed Forces.  “Teaching kids to say thank you is important,” says Geyer. “This month, we made Valentines for Vets to show we appreciate their service.”  The valentines will stay close to home.  52 of the pink, red and white hand-created cards will be given to veterans residing in Hames Communities.  The rest will be presented to past soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at the Veterans Affairs Office, near Summit View on Wilson Avenue in Cedar Rapids.

The Kids’ Program is open to children ages 3 to 16 who reside in Grand View, Summit View and West Park manufactured housing communities.  There’s a wonderful variety of activities, crafts, games, - and food.  Observes Geyer, “Kids get to eat and they get to make things.  Sometimes I think they like the eating better.  They like having something they can take home that they made,too.”

Parents love the program as a way of getting neighbors together and kids away from mindless television and video games.  There is no charge to residents at all.

Would you like to live in a neighborhood that cares aabout ll its residents, and recognizes its veterans?  Consider living in Hames Communities.  Call Hames-The Homes People today at (319) 377-4863 or contact us online.  We’ll show you the home of your dreams and a great way to live.


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