The nation’s Sweetheart City aims to bring letters of encouragement and gift cards from our area businesses to our healthcare heroes in the name of love
LOVELAND, Colo. – Loveland, the nation’s Sweetheart City, will be spreading love and joy locally to healthcare workers. It is no secret healthcare workers are not only exhausted, but mentally and emotionally taxed. They have made incredible sacrifices to help provide quality care for the community. They too have been stricken with COVID-19 and many of them are working double shifts to help cover for their quarantined coworkers. Our healthcare heroes need encouragement and support to stay motivated during this ever continuing fight.
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce, Visit Loveland, and City of Loveland Parks & Recreation are partnering to launch, “Operation Love – Sharing our hearts with healthcare while boosting business.”
The community call to action is simple:
- Write and submit letters of encouragement to our healthcare workers.
- Donate to purchase gift cards from our local businesses to be distributed to our healthcare heroes.
The McKee Foundation and UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation have partnered with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce to distribute the letters and gift cards to healthcare heroes as they are received.
You can drop off your letters of support to any of the following drop box locations:
- Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland
- Loveland City Hall, 500 E 3rd Street, Loveland
The red drop box will be labeled with “Operation Love” and in a visible location.
How to mail the letters of support directly to the Chamber of Commerce:
Attention: OPERATION LOVE
5400 Stone Creek Circle Ste. 200, Loveland CO 80538
They are also offering online options to purchase gift cards and leave an encouraging message to be distributed to the hospitals. Visit loveland.org/operation-love/ to donate and leave a message of support.
Mindy McCloughan, Loveland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, said, “We received $50,000 from the City in matching funds to purchase gift cards from our local businesses to also give to our health care heroes and we are in the process of raising the matching dollars.
“We want to also encourage people to order a valentine from Loveland.org to send to our health care heroes as well.”
“We are so appreciative of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce for creating the Operation Love program. Our healthcare workers have been working tirelessly through this unprecedented pandemic for almost a year. Many are working additional shifts and taking time away from their families and loved ones to expertly and compassionately care for members of our community. One thing we hear over and again from our team members is how much they appreciate the community support and especially free meals!” Wendy Sparks, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Banner Health Northern Colorado, said.