There were no bouquets of red roses, but on Valentine’s Day dozens of pink boxes wrapped with white ribbons showed up at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter instead.
Each care package included chocolates and cupcakes, topped with handmade cards authored by elementary school children.
“You are great,” reads one Valentine. “You are beautiful,” said another.
All were addressed to the same recipients: Women and children who call the downtown shelter home, many of whom are victims of violence, poverty and homelessness.