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For many people Valentine’s Day includes planning a celebratory meal. The same is true at The Ottawa Mission. Every year, we work hard to make sure that those who are alone feel included on this special day. And we always have help from our generous community!

This year, Mayor Jim Watson and members of City Council are front and centre on February 13, sponsoring our Valentine’s lunch, and personally coming in to serve the meal to those who are hungry.

A delicious Valentine’s themed pasta meal and extra treats will be on the menu. And when word gets out that the Mayor and Councillors are coming in, it gives everyone who attends a real boost. We always get comments about how much it means to them to know that people have gone out of their way to help make things special. It’s often acts of kindness like these that not only lift peoples’ spirits, but motivate them to make changes in their lives.

The definition of love that we like to honor on Valentine’s day and throughout the year – and as demonstrated by our City Council – is about the help so many give freely to people in need. It is the definition that reads “unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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