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Valentine's Day cards sent overseas to military

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Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services hosted Operation Valentine where people can make valentine cards for those in the military. PHOTO PROVIDED


BRUNSWICK — Valentine’s Day is Wednesday and thanks to a local funeral home, troops all over the world will be getting cards.

Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Road, hosted Operation Valentine. The project is meaningful, said Michael E. Carlson, chairman of the board.

He said students and individuals throughout the community wrote messages to the troops on Valentine cards, and his company delivered them “to our brave men and women serving overseas.”

The outpouring of the project was “unbelievable,” said Laurie Shoemaker, executive assistant at Carlson.

“We had thousands (of cards).”

Shoemaker said she picked up cards at elementary schools in Brunswick and Medina, as well as some assisted living facilities in the county.

In addition to the Brunswick location, Carlson also owns funeral homes in Medina, 3477 Medina Road, and Garrettsville, 8382 Center St. The location in Garrettsville started the project a few years ago.

Shoemaker said the cards were bundled up and sent overseas Monday.

One third-grade student from Sidney Fenn Elementary School in Medina was sick on the day her class made the Valentines.

She wanted to participate in the project, so she made her card at home.

Shoemaker said the little girl drew “the cutest soldier” on the front of the card.

She wrote a message to the troops about how much they mean to her. She attached a little school picture of herself in the card.

“I made a special trip on Saturday to get the card,” Shoemaker said.

The cards were a way to let the troops who are away from their loved ones that people in Medina County appreciate them.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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