Belmont students gathered Monday night for the Student Activities Programming Board’s second annual “Valentine’s Day Spectacular,” an event aimed at making Valentine’s Day cards for Nashville’s homeless.
“I think that a lot of times we get stuck in our bubble at Belmont, but there’s a larger community around us that we can also support,” said SAPB’s Vice President Mary Grace Capps. “That’s what makes this event important.”
Last year’s event resulted in 312 cards being sent to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. This year, SAPB ended up sending 120 cards to the Nashville Rescue Mission, a local organization that’s been helping Nashville’s homeless since 1954.
The event also featured fun Valentine’s Day activities like “speed-friending,” Belmont’s version of speed-dating, and a giant cardboard hand for a Valentine’s-themed “ring” toss.
Students who attended the event received community service convocation credit.
“It’s really just about letting the community around us know that we see them and know that they’re here,” Capps said.