Congressman John Shimkus is asking metro-east residents to be the valentine of a U.S. military member stationed overseas.
The Valentines for Heroes program collects messages and cards designed to boost the morale of the soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen who can't be at home because of their duties. Cards are also distributed stateside to veterans.
"Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes," Shimkus said. "Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present. School classes, church youth groups, home schoolers and individuals have all helped brighten a soldier or veteran's day."
Valentines may be dropped off or mailed to one of Shimkus' district offices:
* 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062
* City Hall room 12, 110 E. Locust St., Harrisburg, IL 62946
* 101 N. Fourth St., suite 303, Effingham, IL 62401
* 201 N. Vermillion St., suite 218, Danville, IL 61832
Valentines must be received by Feb. 7. They must not be addressed to a specific individual person, the writer should not include their last name and envelopes should not be sealed so they can be reviewed for content and appropriateness.