By Boris Zyumbyulev || Contributing Writer
Valentine’s Day on February 14 is upon us. The campus organization S.I.S.T.E.R.S. has arranged “Boo Grams” as a way to allow students to send Valentines to their friends and significant others. For only two dollars the sisters will prepare a candy bag for whomever students want to send it to. Along with the sweets, students can write a note on a bear-shaped pink or red paper. The notes can be completely anonymous for that extra bit of mystery and romance (or if the sender is particularly shy.) S.I.S.T.E.R.S. are tabling in Steinman College Center between February 6 and February 15. They can be found every day from 10am to 3pm to allow almost everybody to be able to come down to get a Boo Gram for somebody special.
Once the supplies run dry, the organization will make sure to have each receiver get their candy on the Day of Love. They will send out an email with additional information. That way everyone will know where and when to pick up their sweets. It is likely some students will be surprised when they check their email next week.
S.I.S.T.E.R.S., however, is not the only student run organization that will be sending out candy on Saint Valentine’s Day. The Assembly of Peers of Weis College House are doing the same thing, albeit with another name: Candy Grams. Unlike S.I.S.T.E.R.S., Weis’s government tabled only from 6pm to 8pm on February 9 in the Dining Hall. The price for the Candy Grams is 1 dollar and they will go along with a cute note as well. By the end of the Saint Valentine’s Day, the Assembly of Peers will send out an email containing the information needed for receivers to find their presents.
The revenue from the Weis College House sweets will go to Church World Services. The CWS is a humanitarian organization of local churches and volunteers in central Pennsylvania, with an office in Lancaster. The main focus of the group is to help refugee and immigrant communities in the middle of the state. Donating the money will help the Church World Services’ office in Lancaster, which meets 400 new arrivals every year.
Traditionally Valentine’s Day is known for inspiring couples to be happy. However, these two student run organizations are trying to share the joy of the Day of Love with the whole campus and the local community.
First-year Boris Zyumbyulev is a contributing writer. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.