United Way of Central Kansas brought a new Community Impact Project to the area this year with a Box of Love. Working with ElderCare, Meals on Wheels, and Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, 150 Valentine’s Day boxes were delivered to homebound seniors in Barton County. With the help of Volunteers in Action/RSVP, athletes from Barton Community College put these boxes together full of donations from the community. Each box was then topped off with homemade Valentines made by Great Bend Children’s Learning Center, Teen Court, Caring Hands Daycare, and Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, with even more made by children in the community who wanted to help. United Way recognized that there are numerous youth projects in the area, but little was being done for the seniors, and decided that this would be a great way to show these members of our community that we care and that they are important to our community. Box of Love started out as just covering Great Bend, but due to the huge success of the program, boxes were also delivered in Ellinwood and Hoisington. We hope to expand this even further next year by also covering residents in Larned. We owe a huge thank you to all the community members who donated, the businesses that were drop off locations, and churches that embraced this project and made generous donations to get these boxes in the hands of so many in our community.