ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Ninety-one year old Jalene Smith is one of hundreds of seniors in Rockingham County receiving sweet, heartfelt messages on homemade Valentine's Day cards written by local students.
"You're awesome," Smith reads from her pink card and burgundy card. "You rock."
Within two weeks, students from nine Rockingham County schools made 1,000 Valentine's Day cards for seniors in the Meals on Wheels program.
Close to 70 percent of seniors in the program have lost a spouse and now live alone.
"A lot of the holidays are a lonely time for folks like that," said Ann Boyte, Meals on Wheels program director for Aging Disability and Transit Services.
Jalene lost her husband Jesse 17 years ago due to failing health.
"He was a great person," she said. "I'm thankful for the years he and I had together. We had a wonderful life together."
So this Valentine's Day even though she can't be with her husband of 62 years, she'll take comfort in the messages written on her card, telling her that she's still loved.