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Kings Park 10th Grader Makes 500 Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards for Residents & Patients

February 17th, 2015


Have you ever wondered just how many Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually? According to The Greeting Card Association, it is estimated that one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. This staggering number places Valentine’s Day as the second largest card-sending holiday, the first is Christmas.

With so many sharing thoughts of love and kindness on the popular holiday, you may not want to be on the other side of not receiving a box of chocolate or roses, and most historically, a traditional Valentine’s Day card, especially if you are spending the day as patient in a hospital or a resident without relatives to send some love.

Christina Kennedy, a 10th grade high school student of Kings Park thought about the many people who receive Valentine’s Day cards and then she thought about those that may not, which compelled her to make 500 cards for residents at St. Catherine’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center and patients at the Hospital. In fact, on Valentine’s Day, Christina spent the morning hand-delivering the cards at the Medical Center.

Christina mirrored the creativity of Esther A. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine”, who handmade and sold Valentine’s Day greetings in America since the 1840s. However, for Christina, she was inspired by her recent experiences as a long-term heart patient. “I remember what is was like to be a patient in the hospital during the holidays and wanted to share a little joy with others,” said Christina.

“Christina’s thoughtfulness and creative brought smiles to every single resident at the Nursing Home and Hospital—and her spirit is ever inspiring,” said St. Catherine’s Director of Public Affairs and Volunteer Services Heather Reynolds.

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, please call (631) 870-3444 or visit