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Funny how a little red slip of paper, sprinkled with glitter, can make someone cry.

The 175 residents of the Alexandria Care Center received a Valentine’s Day surprise. The USC Leonard Davis School’s Student Gerontology Association (SGA) and USC Panhellenic Council showered them with over 200 handmade cards.

Funny how a few cheerful words, written in pink marker and ringed by heart-shaped stickers, can remind someone they matter.

“Our wish for the residents of the Alexandria Care Center is that they have an amazing Valentine’s Day filled with love, laughter and joy,” said Ashley Phillips. Phillips, the SGA president, spearheaded the event. “We want them to know just how much we care about and appreciate them.”

In fact, students created so many Valentines that there were enough left over to deliver a batch to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles down the street. The full emotional impact of the day continued to resonate with students long afterwards. Out of construction paper and crayons, they crafted a Valentine’s memory better than chocolate, roses, and diamonds.

Funny how a little gesture, lovingly made, thoughtfully delivered, can become enormous.

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