GREENWOOD — Volunteers with the Lifting Hearts Foundation paid an early Valentine’s Day visit Tuesday to residents at Morningside Assisted Living.
The group distributed Valentines to the residents in addition to balloons, gifts and candy.
The Lifting Hearts Foundation, organized locally in October 2012 by Travis A. Greene, is a community outreach organization that seeks to “spread love and joy throughout the community.”
Greene said the group makes regular visits to nursing homes, the hospital and assists people who have been victimized by fires and other disasters. The group also makes home visits and is planning a Black History Month program.
Tuesday, Leonard Martin, community specialist for the Lifting Hearts Foundation and Sadie Lane, community advocate, accompanied Greene to Morningside.
Also making the visit was Tyler Gottlieb of CVS. “Travis came to us and let us know they were doing a Valentine’s Day event,” Gottlieb said. “We are glad to help the residents have a warm Valentine’s Day.”
Greene said there are several businesses that assist the Lifting Hearts Foundation and “contribute about anything we need.”
In addition to Greene and two board members, about 20 people regularly volunteer with the organization.
Greene, who grew up in Greenwood and is the youngest of 15 children, said his family background provided him with the solid foundation he needed to assist people in the community.
“My vision is based on the principles and morals that I was brought up with,” he said. “That’s what I base everything on.”
That vision was shared with the residents of Morningside Assisted Living on Tuesday and their appreciation was evident by the looks on their faces.