Love from around the world is streaming into an area hospital to warm the hearts of its young patients and their families.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s annual Valentine’s Day program usually averages a few thousand e-cards per year, but this year a record number of valentines — more than 220,000 — arrived from countries as faraway as Argentina, New Zealand and Iraq.
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The outpouring of love arrived after a tweet by a teenage girl in Eastern Kentucky went viral.
“Valentines have arrived from across the world including six continents, 114 countries and all 50 states,” said Liz Smith, manager of Annual Giving at Cincinnati Children’s. “We are so very thankful to everyone for their thoughtfulness.”
The program launched in 2014 as a way for people to send well-wishes electronically to reduce the spread of infection. As a result of this year’s support, employees are partnering with other groups across the medical center to blanket the hospital and satellite locations with printed and digital valentines.
Inpatient Cohen Bramlee smiled when organizers delivered a stack of valentines to his room at the hospital.
“It’s amazing,” said Carrie Bramlee, Cohen’s mom, in a news release. “In the hospital, it can feel lonely at times, so it’s incredible to think there are people outside thinking about us and want to spend their time to send a little note to us.”
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