Allawadrick Area Women's Missionary Society. The month of February is the time when we all celebrate or recognize Valentine’s Day on the 14th day of the month. During this time store shelves are full to the brim with items to celebrate this special day. And not to mention all the flowers that are delivered to let someone know that you love or care about them. The Allawadrick Area Women's Missionary Society (AA WMS) endeavored to show our love to the residents of the Montevue Assisted Living Facility. We were originally scheduled to have a Christmas party but were inadvertently dropped from their schedule. We spoke with the Activities Director to schedule another day, and he suggested that we come during February and have a Valentine Social. All the Missionaries agreed this would be a great time to visit--especially since visits from outside groups tend to drop off after Christmas and don’t pick up again until Easter.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, we were not able to make the second scheduled day as our Area Chairperson Sister Anna Gibson’s Celebration of Life Service had been scheduled on the same day. We called the Activities Director again to set up another day when we could come and show just a little love to the residents. As we searched the calendar for another day, it looked as if it would be several weeks before we could go in. And we certainly didn’t want to have the Valentine Social in July when everyone is celebrating the 4th of July. Our search for a suitable day was looking more and more dismal. We had purchased special gifts for the residents, and we didn’t think that chocolate would hold up too much longer. Besides it was very tempting to look at the chocolate on a daily basis and not help ourselves. Also during this time, COVID-19 had infiltrated other similar facilities, and no one from the outside were allowed in and the residents couldn’t come out.
With these new set of circumstances, we decided to give the residents the gifts we had prepared for them and look to the summer for a future visit. On March 13th the day the gifts were delivered to the 70 residents. The Activities Director shared with us that they were feeling really down, and gloomy and the gifts came at a perfect time. He also shared that this would bring them a lot of happiness and would surely perk them up. They were focusing on their situations, and a box of chocolate would certainly put a smile on their faces. Although the AA WMS had earnestly tried to visit with the Montevue Assisted Living residents, the Valentine Love Gifts were right on time! 1 Corinthians 13:13 reminds us, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”