Where Is the Love?


Carly Carver, Editor

The Ashland Beacon

   A local church community teamed up with Ashland Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s to make over 110 handmade Valentine’s Day cards and over 30 wooden Valentine’s Day plaques for residents of long-term care facilities. 

   The Wildwood Church of God youth group gathered to create these special cards for those who are still separated from their loved ones, and they were delivered to area facilities by volunteers. 

   Cody Watts, the church’s Student Ministry Pastor, said that the church and youth loved the experience and the opportunity to serve.

   “As a youth group we are always looking for ways to serve our community,” said Watts. 

   Watts said the church was informed that the Ashland Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s were looking for ways to connect with residents of a local long-term facility, and remind them they are loved this Valentine’s Day, and the church knew it was a great opportunity to serve.

   “They are very isolated right now,” said Watts. “I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to show God’s love and show them they aren’t forgotten even though they are isolated right now.”

   Watts said there were 20 to 30 youth involved in the Valentine’s Day creations. 

   “Our sixth through twelfth graders made over 100,” said Watts. “We filled them with Scripture and heartfelt messages.”

   Watts personally delivered the Valentine’s Day cards to Woodland Oaks, a local long-term care facility, where he was met with a coordinator who picked them up, all socially-distanced. 

   “We are social distancing, so I reached out to Woodland Oaks to see what the best way to deliver would be,” said Watts. 

   Watts said that he was extremely proud of the youth group and their continued desire to serve. 

   “The youth group was thrilled; any chance they get to serve, they take the opportunity to serve others,” said Watts. 

   Wildwood Church’s mission statement is that “Wildwood exists to love and lead people into a life-giving relationship with Jesus,” a mission that was executed this Valentine’s Day.

   “It’s definitely something we would like to do again,” said Watts. “In previous years we have done Christmas cards, this was kind of a cool alternative that was available to us right now.”