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Families turn out for card-making
Brynn Sharpe
Brynn Sharpe gets to work making Valentine’s cards. - photo by Photo by Rick Lott

So what do you do on a cold, rainy Saturday in Springfield?

Why, you go to the Library and make Valentine’s Day cards for kids in area hospitals.

That’s what Donna Hellmann of dream smArt kids and Marsha Lott of the Effingham County Council for the Arts did as they invited area kids and their parents to come and help make creative cards to cheer up hospital-bound kids.

The group glued, cut, pasted and put together more than 65 cards for the effort. Brothers, Matthew and Oliver Beech specialized in robot cards, 7-year-old Cassie Morris made woven paper Valentine card baskets and sister Allie and mother Janell worked on their own cards. Even Live Oak Public Libraries public relations coordinator Susan Lee and son Sam were hard at work making cards.

Father and son team Kevin and Kyle Tuttle kept busy making creative cards and even Donna Hellmann’s mother, Becky Goss, pitched in. The group also included Skye Phinizy, Kelsey Wilson, Lauren Divine and 3-year-old daughter Brynn.

The cards will now be taken to the offices of HIS radio, 91.9 FM, where they will be distributed to kids in area hospitals.