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Spreading the love through special valentines

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The flowers, candy, parties at your child's school... they're all part of Valentine's Day, but not everyone is so lucky. CBS 19's Amanda Roberson explains how a group of East Texans is spreading love to those who sometimes are forgotten.

From children to cancer and cardiac patients, many people miss out on Valentine's Day celebration. That's why KVNE radio hosts and employees spent the day delivering more than 21,000 homemade valentines. They were made by East Texans and CBS 19 got to be there as they helped light up patient's faces.

This is Michael Zapata's second day in the hospital. He's missing Valentine's Day with his friends at Moore Middle School and in the hospital for severe asthma. But, more than 20 surprise valentines from complete strangers have made his day a little brighter.

"He had no idea we were coming, I think he was a little bit overwhelmed," Said  KVNE Station Manager Mike Harper. He and his team said Valentine's Day is the perfect way to share love with others. "It's just a great way to celebrate Valentines day and to share God's love." 

This is the sixth year for KVNE to collect and share homemade valentines and Harper said this has been a record year. "We have received over 21-thousand valentines. I can't believe we counted that many!"

Harper also added the valentines are enjoyed by everyone in the room. "Not only those who literally receive the valentines but the families of those too; the moms, the dads, and the families of those are cooped up in the hospital."

Clinton and Rose Felts have just welcomed their daughter Emma Rose to the world and said they're thankful for others thoughtfulness. "It's just a blessing to know that other people are always thinking about other ones, no matter if we don't always show it, everybody seems to be thinking about another person too." 

The 21,000 valentines were also distributed to dozens of assisted living homes across East Texas. KVNE said they already can't wait to see the creativity and love from the community again next year.

KVNE collected homemade valentines for about a month. Church groups, home school classes, elementary schools across East Texas, and families helped spread the love.

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