For the second straight year, Shaggy’s has centered Valentine’s Day on delivering joy and love—in the form of handmade Valentines cards–to residents of local retirement homes.
“We really had fun with this last year,” said Ron Ladner, Shaggy’s Founder/Owner. “The reception was so touching, we decided to make it part of our annual community service.” He adds, “We decided to get our customers involved in the effort this year.”
In total, Shaggy’s employees gave out about 300 Valentines–made by employees, patrons and local elementary school children–to residents of four neighboring retirement homes.
“Knowing that some of these lovely ladies and gentlemen are alone on Valentine’s Day is why we do it. The smile I get from them when I give them each a handmade Valentine makes my month,” said Shaggy’s Pass Harbor employee Perrin Rodrigue, who gave out cards at Dunbar Village in Bay St Louis.
Brittany “Honey” Luc, another Shaggy’s Pass Harbor employee, makes it a family affair. Her daughter Claire helped her give out Valentines at the Dixie White House in Pass Christian. “Claire has the absolute best time passing out the Valentines,” Luc said.
“It’s so much more special doing handmade cards,” adds McCollum. “Our friends and customers were excited to participate–it was a big family effort.”
“Most of our community efforts are focused on kids events,” say Ladner. “This is a nice change for a very good cause.”
Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach delivered Valentines to Emeritus at Biloxi, and Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach visited The Villas at Gulf Breeze. All three locations plan on asking Shaggy’s guests to make Valentines again next year.
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