I love me some snail mail. I truly get excited to check my mailbox each and every day. I consider it a little box at the end of my driveway where on any given day a fun surprise could show up. I'm not even kidding. The way to my heart is through the United States Postal Service.
I love sending mail as much as I enjoy receiving it. Each Valentine's Day since I became a mother (which was February 15th, 2007 after a very long Valentine's Day spent in labor) I've sent family and friends Valentine's photo cards of my kids... with a special twist. It's a Colorado thing, but no matter where you live, you can participate! It's the Loveland Valentine Re-mailing Program.
Since 1947, volunteers in "The Sweetheart City" have hand-stamped a special Valentine's Day message on cards sent in to the program. It's so easy and free! You just prepare your cards to be mailed normally. Then put all your stamped, addressed cards in a big envelope and mail it to:
Postmaster - Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
Volunteers will add a special Valentine's greeting (new every year) with a rubber stamp by hand and you'll have the unique Loveland postmark. It's just too cute! I always include one addressed to us so that we can see how they arrive.
The deadline for US destinations is February 7th. So with a little extra planning, you can add some flair to your love letters and Valentine's greetings. If you live in Colorado, you can drop them in designated bins at any King Soopers store and they will get them to Loveland with no need to put them all in a bigger envelope.
You can find all the details here. What a fun way to brighten someone's mailbox, right?