We think of Valentine’s Day as a day of hearts and flowers and romance. Originally, however, Valentine’s Day was about a real person—St. Valentine, a Roman clergyman who lived in the 3rd Century.
According to legend, St. Valentine had a lot of experience, not with hearts and flowers, but with the Roman Empire's criminal justice system. He spent years incarcerated for insisting on maintaining his Christian faith. In fact, he eventually faced the ultimate persecution and was martyred for his steadfast beliefs on February 14th--our Valentine’s Day. It is said this brave saint left a note for a friend on the day of his martyrdom, which he signed “Your Valentine.”
For those learning this for the first time, it may seem like an odd day to celebrate love with chocolate-dipped strawberries, but that is the origin of this significantly sweetened-up celebration!
This year, LMM wants to put a positive spin on the legacy of St. Valentine, by encouraging you to get into the original spirit of celebrating love for people with a contribution to our mission. We frequently support people who have been involved with the criminal justice system—either those currently experiencing incarceration through programs like Chopping for Change, or through other programs where people who have been oppressed, forgotten and hurting are working hard to find their way as restored citizens.
So, this year, in addition to making the day special for any sweetheart, spouse or partner you might have (or for yourself!), you might consider being a Valentine to the people we serve by providing a gift to LMM.
You may donate simply by utilizing the “Donate” button below or on our website, or you can send a check to LMM 4515 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44103.
We guarantee that such a gift will be just as sweet as a dozen roses or a boxful of chocolates. Maybe even sweeter!
Thank you for your generosity, and Happy Valentine’s Day!