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Real Estate Company spreads some Valentine's Day cheer at Shorehaven

Adopting a ministry right in their own back yard was The Real Estate Company’s objective this year.

“Project Valentine” had always involved local schools creating Valentines to send to overseas U.S. troops. This year the realty company decided to adopt Shorehaven residents, dispatching seven area elementary schools to create heartfelt Valentines for nursing home residents.

“The children had a blast with the assignment,” said realtor Nicole Gillette. “They were excited to have the residents remembered. This is the first year we’ve adopted a local mission and we’re delighted with the outcome.”

(Pictured, from left, Shorehaven Social Services Director Denise Gundrum, Real Estate Company realtor Nicole Gillette, resident Virginia Moskalik and realtor Tom Utecht.)

The result? Hundreds of individually crafted messages from students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. Pipe cleaners, sequins, sparkles, candy hearts, telescoping construction paper and elaborate designs adorn the messages, incorporating phrasing like “I love you to pieces,” to “Be my best buddy”, “Friends Forever,” and “You are Wonderful, I just know it.” Schools participating included: St. Joan of Arc, Nashotah, Summit Elementary, Dousman Elementary, Marcy Elementary, Pewaukee Lake Elementary, Randall School of Waukesha, and Greenland Elementary. 

“It was a great opportunity to span the generations, to link children with community seniors,” said realtor Tom Utecht. “And it’s a great feeling when you see the residents’ faces light up when they open the box. We know that Project Valentine is making a difference in their day,” added Gillette. “They are one of a kind, and they are just amazing,” said resident Virginia Moskalik.

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