Sending all your love through the Loveland Chamber to be stamped by the many volunteers is the perfect way to show that special someone how much you care.
For over 70 years the Loveland Commerce & Loveland Postal Service has partnered to re-stamp the valentines of friends, family and lovers from around the world.
The program was initiated by Harold Dunning, Rome Dietrich and others back in the 1940's and 1950's, as a stamp collection program rather than from a sweetheart angle. After years of trying to get the idea off the ground they realized they needed a boost. Ted Thompson who managed the Rialto Theater at the time and served as president on the Loveland Chamber was asked to help. Ted realized the unique opportunity to share a little love and friendship of Loveland with the people of the USA and the world through a Valentine Re-mailing program.
The program gained nationwide exposure when Guy Lombardo was designated as Honorary mayor of Loveland on February 14, 1950. The Royal Canadians had recorded the song “There’s a Lovely Lake In Loveland” which was featured during the celebration.
Now 74 years later this sweet program is the largest in the nation and still growing!
This year’s card was designed by Larry Starck. The card verse was penned by Jeanie Bork. The Cache was designed by Cory McDowell, and last but not least the Cache Verse was created by MarJean Carpenter.
If you want your cards to be stamped with the cache and special cancellation you can drop the self addressed, stamped letters and cards at your local King Soopers or City Market stores from now till Feb 1st 2019. Look for the large white boxes near the Customer service desks. The stores will deliver the letters & cards to the Loveland Post office for you.
Make your cards a bit more special by using one of the Forever stamps from the Love/Wedding section of the United Postal Service website.
You can send your own card to the re-stamp program or buy the 2020 card.
To send your valentine through the Sweetheart Valentine Re-stamping program follow these instructions:
Address the Valentine with the recipient’s address
Stamp the Valentine (with the appropriate postage)
Place the Valeting in a larger, first-class envelope (be sure you have enough postage as the letter will be returned to you if you don't)
Stamp the larger envelope and address it as follows:
Postmaster – Attention Valentines
446 E 29th St
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
Deadlines to get your Valentine their card by Valentine’s day:
February 1,2020 for International Mail
February 7, 2020 Continental U.S
February 10, 2020 Colorado (within the state)
The Valentine Re-mailing program from the Sweetheart city stamps valentines from all 50 states, and more than 110 Countries. There are over 50 original Valentine Volunteers stamp the envelopes and there is a waiting list of over 100 to help stamp!
If you would like to see these volunteers in action you are welcome to visit the Loveland Chamber during the first two weeks of February. You can visit and see the volunteers stamp the cache’s and cancellation with love and care.
The volunteers do this with love and care and are entertained by local artists that stop by and sing songs. They also get some stretch breaks where they get up and dance! That's why there is a waiting list of over 100.
If you participate in the program by sending a card to be stamped, know that the card will be stamped not only with the Sweetheart City cache and cancellation, but it will be done with love from the volunteers in Loveland.