Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is again asking for participation in his "Valentines for Heroes" program. The Congressman's district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
"Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes," Shimkus said. "Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.
"School classes, church youth groups, home schoolers, and individuals have all helped brighten a soldier or veterans day," he added.
This year, valentines will be accepted at Shimkus' offices until February 8 and will then be distributed to local VA and military facilities before Valentine's Day.
Valentines may be dropped off or mailed to Congressman John Shimkus at any of his district offices:
* 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062
* City Hall Room 12, 110 East Locust Street, Harrisburg, IL 62946
* 101 North Fourth Street, Suite 303, Effingham, IL 62401
* Lobby of 28 West North Street, Danville. This will be a drop-off location only, as the Congressman's new office is not yet operational in Danville.
The few basic rules to follow are to return signed valentines without addressing them to a specific person; without signing your last name or including your address; and without sealing them in individual envelopes. All valentines are reviewed for content and appropriateness.