For more than 20 years, Mayor Lane Curlee has organized a group of volunteers who visit the nursing home and assisted living facilities in the city on Valentine’s Day and give flowers to the residents. Last year, Paul Rahman presented a carnation to Margaret Thompson at NHC. Curlee is once again asking community members to come together on Thursday, Feb. 14, to help brighten the day of senior citizens.

Mayor Lane Curlee is encouraging Tullahoma residents to participate in the annual Valentine’s Day flower giveaway at each of the four nursing and assisted living homes in the city this Thursday.

Volunteers are needed to help present a flower to each of the residents and staff members at each nursing and assisted living facility on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The giveaway will begin at 10 a.m. at NHC Tullahoma, 1321 Cedar Lane. The second visit will take place at 11 a.m. at Life Care Center of Tullahoma, 1715 N. Jackson St.

A short break will allow for lunch before the garden giveaway continues at 1:30 p.m. at Morning Pointe, 711 Kings Lane. The final stop will be at 2 p.m. at Brookdale, 801 Wilson Ave.

Those who would like to volunteer need only show up prior to each visit in order to participate – no advance registration is required. Volunteers may visit any single nursing or assisted living home or, if they wish, all of them.

“It should take 30 minutes to an hour to walk around each home and present each resident with a flower and visit for a minute,” Curlee said. “The residents seem to enjoy the visit and a flower, but the volunteers get the real benefit.”

Taking some time on the officially recognized day of love to spread some cheer is a great way to spend time with people who “really appreciate the time and attention,” Curlee said. “We get so tied up with meetings, reports, activities and programs that are all well and good, but we miss what’s most important: people.”

Curlee has been orchestrating the giveaway for two decades, he said, and approximately 20 people show up each year to help spread the love.

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