DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Sports Properties and three area State Farm agents have collaborated for the first “Send Love” community-wide valentine’s collection for troops to be held on February 6 at the UNH vs. Maine men’s hockey game.
Fans of all ages attending the 7:30 p.m. game at Whittemore Center will have the opportunity to bring a valentine or complete a valentine upon entering the arena, as tables with all the necessary materials will be set up in the walkways. For those unable to attend the game, an email greeting can be sent to WildcatsSendLove@yahoo.com, and a greeting card will be created by the Wildcats Sport staff. The Whittemore Center box office will serve as a drop-off location for handmade valentines, as well. The box office is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The collection deadline day for all valentines is Feb. 6 so that they can be in the hands of the New Hampshire Air National Guard by Feb. 9 for overseas delivery in time for Valentine’s Day.
The area State Farm agents working closely with Wildcat Sports Properties to ensure there are hundreds of valentines for the troops are Aileen N. Dugan of Portsmouth, Rene C. LeClerc of Hooksett, and Tony LeClerc of North Hampton.
“We’re forever grateful to the men and women serving our country overseas, and we are proud to incorporate the ‘Send Love’ effort into one of our biggest hockey games of the year,” said University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano. “We are fortunate to be located in such a supportive, collegiate community, and I encourage everyone, especially the fans coming to the game, to create as many valentines as possible. Our military personnel need to know that the Wildcats are supporting them on Valentine’s Day.”
“It is an honor for State Farm to be associated with the Wildcats in this endeavor,” said agent Rene LeClerc. “We look forward to gathering as many cards as possible to send to our troops, and of course we want to see a UNH win.”
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