Each year, 60 volunteers in Loveland spread the love ... with stamps(Photo: KUSA)
LOVELAND – Since 1947, Loveland has been known as the “Sweetheart
City.” Each year, 60 volunteers spread that love -- with stamps.
On average, more than 130,000 Valentine’s Day cards and letters come through Loveland. Each leaves with a special cachet stamp and postmark before being re-mailed to the intended recipient.
"It's pretty cool to be able to brand Loveland all over the world,” Mindy Mccloughan, president and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, said.
All of the volunteers are locals, many of whom sat for years on a waiting list before becoming stampers. Most are retired, but during the Valentine’s Day rush, volunteers will often work up to eight hours a day.
“For two full weeks they are in here stamping, giving of their time, their talents, their resources, it's just so much fun we couldn't do this program without them,” Mccloughan said.
For those looking to add a little “awe” factor to their Valentine’s Day cards or letters, you’ll have to act fast. Deadlines for receiving mail are coming up fast!
International mail needs to be received by Feb 2. For mail within the states, the deadline is Feb 8. If your Valentine is in Colorado, your mail will need to be in by Feb. 10.
Send a first-class envelope with the valentine pre-addressed and pre-stamped inside. Send to Postmaster in Loveland, 446 East 29th St. Loveland Co, 80538.
For more information on the Valentine Program, visit www.Loveland.org
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