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Project Pound Ridge Cupid to Show Seniors Some Love

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Don’t be alarmed if you see a winged cherub toting a bow and arrow around Pound Ridge this weekend. That’s just Cupid, the Roman god of love and affection. He’s in town to help out the Neighbor to Neighbor Youth Corps with its Project Pound Ridge Cupid.

Project Pound Ridge Cupid, in its inaugural year, was designed by the town recreation department’s Neighbor to Neighbor senior program to bring a little Valentine’s Day cheer into the lives of the community’s seniors. Volunteers will bake goodies and make homemade greeting cards, place them in a special gift box, and then delivery them to the town’s seniors.

“We don’t like to schedule events for seniors in January, February and March because the weather can be bad and they can’t get out, so we are bringing it to them instead,” said Louise Paolicelli, senior program coordinator. “So we came up this idea and the Neighbor to Neighbor Youth Corps. and by Youth Corps, we mean everybody. People of any age can volunteer to help out.”

Paolicelli said she gets a lot of calls from people who want to get involve helping out the town’s senior population. Project Pound Ridge Cupid will be one way to do that.

This Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at Conant Hall, volunteers will gather to aid in Project Pound Ridge Cupid. Some will bring homemade treats they've baked like cookies, brownies and cupcakes and bring them to the Hall. Others can create homemade Valentine Cards. Then they’ll all be wrapped into packages and delivered.

“The seniors won’t know it’s coming, it’s a surprise,” Paolicelli said.

The students at Pound Ridge Elementary are getting involved by making some of the greeting cards.

“Some of the seniors will probably get a dozen cards because there’s more than 400 students at the school,” Paolicelli laughed.

Girl Scout Troop 3001 will also pitch in by helping to build the gift boxes and placing the stickers on them.

Paolicelli said the idea originated when two local mothers baked some pies with their kids and delivered them to seniors on their own. The reaction from seniors was so overwhelming they wanted to something on a grander scale.

Those who’d like to volunteer for Project Pound Ridge Cupid can call Paolicelli at 914-764-8201 or e-mail prseniors@townofpoundridge.com .

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