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February is right around the corner and it’s time to spread some love.

This year, for Valentine’s Day, we are asking all families in our network to send a Valentine to their State Representative and Senator. We are deeply appreciative to our legislators for all they do for families like ours and our loved ones. All it takes is two stamps, two envelopes and note of appreciation. And if you would, include a picture of your family and or loved one(s). A copy of a photo from your printer is fine.

Perhaps you and your loved one can make a homemade card, or just create a note on a piece of computer paper.

If you don’t know what to say, see below for a template letter. Feel free to customize it as you see fit.’

Scroll down even further to see Lauri’s example… and the response she received 🥰🥰🥰🥰

P.S.- If you need to find the name of your Representative and Senator you can follow this link: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator

Scroll to the bottom of the page and simply enter your address.

All Representatives and Senators have the same mailing address.

(Legislator’s name)
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133

Template Letter

Dear [Representative/Senator NAME]

Our family is sending you this note for Valentine’s Day to let you know how grateful we are for you and all you do.

Our child has lifelong disabilities and is served by the Department of Developmental Services. The budget’s line items, and the bills and policies you have supported for families like ours deeply impacts thousands and thousands of families and individuals across the state.

Your commitment to a good life for all the Commonwealth’s citizens, shines brightest by supporting families like ours.

So, this year, for Valentine’s Day, we want to thank you and let you know how much you are appreciated.

Warmly,

Your Name
Your Address

Lauri’s Love Note (EXAMPLE)

Dear Representative,

Our family is sending you this note for Valentine’s Day to let you know how much we
appreciate all you do. Your dedication of hope towards a good life for all the commonwealth’s citizens shines brightest by supporting families like ours and our loved ones. Our daughter Ashley has lifelong intellectual disabilities and is served by the Department of Developmental Services. The budgets line items, bills, and policies that you have supported for families like ours, deeply impact thousands and thousands of families and individuals across the state. Including us and our beloved daughter Ashley.

So, for Valentine’s Day this year, we want to thank you and let you know how much we
appreciate you.

Please open the attached. This is a picture of Ashley on the way to her prom. We want
you to keep this image in mind and always remember, Everyone… no matter how much
their condition impacts them, deserves an enviable life.

Warmly,
Lauri, Rich & Ashley Medeiros

Lauri’s Response from her Legislator

Response to Lauri's love note