Local business makes certain service men and women feel love

Mark Alexander’s fourth grade class at Mifflinburg Intermediate School with their “Valentines For Our Troops.”

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MIFFLINBURG — The Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., of Mifflinburg, is giving back by sending personalized Valentines to our troops overseas.

“Valentines For Our Troops” is an easy and very meaningful project that has welcomed participation from our central Pennsylvania community members of all ages. Roupp Funeral Home has collected more than 300 community messages of thanks from students of the Mifflinburg Area School District, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Daughters of the American Revolution, residents from area nursing homes and independent living facilities, and additional Union, Snyder, and Northumberland county residents. Each of the personalized Valentines show notes of love, gratitude, and appreciation to members of our armed forces.

Michael Underkoffler, a teacher at the Mifflinburg Intermediate School, built a lesson plan around the “Valentines for our Troops” project. “My students watched a video in class to better understand the honorable service of our veterans and learned about the sacrifice our troops make from being away from home as they defend our freedom. This project was a great way for us to show our gratitude.”

Tammy Speece, executive director of Elmcroft of Lewisburg, said that the residents enjoyed making valentines in their healthy lifestyle class, lead by Stephanie Werner. Ethel Bilger, a resident of Elmcroft, stated “We all have connections to the military, my husband served in World War II, my brother was in Viet Nam, and I have five grandchildren in the military now.”

Andre’ Roupp, supervisor of Roupp Funeral Home, also has a personal connection. “My younger brother, Tristan, served in the Marines from 2005 until 2013. During that time, he spent four years of deployment in both Iraq and Afghanistan. That is a long and trying time away from family.”

“This project really developed from a brainstorming session from my team at the funeral home on how we can give back to our service men and women. Hopefully, these expressions of love and appreciation will go a long way to make them feel a little closer to home on this Valentine’s Day,” said Roupp.

For more information visit the website rouppfuneralhome.com or like their page on Facebook.

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