Project Valentine’s mission is to make life a “little sweeter” for individuals undergoing cancer treatment in the Denver metro area. Since 2002, our generous volunteers and contributors have created or donated items for hundreds of care packages. These care packages are lovingly assembled and hand-delivered each year to men, women and children undergoing cancer treatment on or around Valentine’s Day.
Project Valentine is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
A Letter From Our President
Project Valentine 2017 Bag Assembly and Delivery was a great success!
Thanks so much to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making this year’s project so successful. Here are the stats for 2017:
- 515 Bags; 273 for women; 190 for men and 52 gender neutral bags for last minute appointments.
- 19 infusion centers in 10 cities around the Denver Metro Area, including Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Brighton, Englewood, Lafayette, Littleton, Lone Tree and Thornton.
Some of the comments we received from infusion centers this year include:
- “By far patients appreciated the gesture and loved the valentine cards made by the kids. From every person I talked with, they love the cards the most and would show them off.”
- “Everyone was very grateful and ‘felt the love.'”
- “They were very surprised and excited to get the gifts. I (the nurse) loved to watch them open the bags and look at what was inside. A lot of smiles!” Comments from patients – “Oh look what’s in here!” “This is so nice!” “There is so much stuff in here” “Please tell them thank you so much!!”
- A woman wrote that it was so wonderful to get the bag because her husband was out of town and she was feeling very alone having chemo without him, especially on Valentine’s Day.
Thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers and sponsors for Project Valentine this year. We hope you will continue to partner with us by collecting donations and making valentines. Every year we get multiple comments that the most enjoyed items in the bag are the hand-made valentines! A special thank you to Denver Community Church for donating the space for assembly day this year. And we could not do our care packages without the generous support of our sponsors: Celestial Seasonings, Chocolove, Dr. John’s, Enstrom Candies, Flying Wish Paper, the Ginger People, Hall & Evans LLC, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Mercury Payment Systems, and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. For a complete list of sponsors and individual donors see our Sponsors page.
Project Valentine News: Peter Hoselton takes over as board president, Rita Sokolowki to take on craft projects
Our long-time Board President Rita Sokolowski has handed over the President baton to Peter Hoselton. Peter is very excited to take the lead and steer us into 2018, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months. “I am very excited for my new role as President. We have a great group of board members who are committed to ensuring Project Valentine’s continued success and impact on the Denver community.”
Many thanks and appreciation to Rita for her years of leadership as our president. “Rita has been the backbone of Project Valentine for many years,” Peter noted. “I want to thank her for all of the time and effort she has invested into this great organization.” Rita has always offered smiles and a positive attitude as well as many creative ideas and a knack for making Project Valentine run smoothly. “Our volunteers have brought me such joy over my years as president of Project Valentine,” she noted in handing over the reins. “You have no idea how many of you unknowingly saved the day at one time or another. I have made some wonderful friendships, some are deep, and some pick up right where we left off the year before. You all bring a smile to my face.”
Rita has been grooming Peter for the job for the past couple of years, recognizing his leadership qualities and what a great team player he is. ” I felt he would really be a great fit,” she said. “Our board works so well together it was important to me to have someone who could build on that. So please congratulate him when you see him at any events this year.”
The good news is that Rita is not leaving us. She will now take over leadership of craft events and is already planning to offer many ideas for projects over the summer. So please watch Facebook and our website for updates on these events and DIY projects. Each month on Facebook, Rita will post a valentine card of the month, and a craft of the month that you can make at home and then put it in your Project Valentine Stash Box for Preparation Day in January. If you have any ideas for an event or would like to host one, please contact Rita at email@example.com
Project Valentine Board Members
Board of Directors
Peter Hoselton – President
Rita Sokolowski – Crafts
Quentin Blakeslee – Treasurer
About Project Valentine Founder Colleen Anderson
Colleen Anderson was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in February of 2002 and immediately started an arduous schedule of chemotherapy. Colleen decided that she wanted to make a positive difference in her community of fellow cancer patients. She made it her mission to put a smile on the faces of individuals going through cancer treatment – and did so by organizing the delivery of over 400 care packages on or near Valentine’s Day.
Colleen won the 9 Who Care Award for this project in March of 2006, recognizing her outstanding contribution to the community. Sadly, Colleen passed away during the summer of 2007. Today Project Valentine is run by dedicated volunteers – some who knew Colleen and others who were simply inspired to keep Colleen’s vision alive.