Loveland’s Valentine ReMailing Program: What you need to know!
posted by: Guest Blogger
Loveland is perhaps best known worldwide as the home of the “Valentine ReMailing Program.” Every year, more than a hundred thousand Valentines are packaged inside larger envelopes and sent to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with a Valentine’s verse and send them on to the intended recipients.
Each year a contest is held by the Chamber of Commerce and promoted through through the local newspaper, the Reporter Herald, for residents to submit their designs and verses. A winning verse and design are chosen from all the competition entries and the two are combined to form the ‘Official Chamber of Commerce Loveland Valentine.’ Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the city authorizes the placement of red hearts with sponsored personal messages on light poles and other fixtures of the downtown streets.
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Loveland Post Office sponsor the Loveland Valentine Remailing Program. Approximately 60 volunteers gather to stamp a special message from the Sweetheart City on valentine cards sent to Loveland from all 50 states and more than 120 countries in recent years. During the remailing program, the Chamber & Visitors Center becomes an official US Postal Service Sub-Station known as ““The Valentine Station” with a Postmaster in residence for the duration of the remailing program.
How to Remail From Loveland – the ‘traditional’ way:
If you would like to have your valentine card stamped with the official Loveland Colorado cachet and stamp, please mail your pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes (envelopes should each have 49-cent postage; postcards should have appropriate postage), add extra stamps/postage for heavier/odd shaped valentines, mail in a large stamped envelope to the Loveland Remailing program at this address:
Attn: Valentine Re-mailing
446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
Deadlines for delivery by Valentines Day, Feb. 14:
For international destinations, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 1st. 2019.
For within U.S. and outside of Colorado, cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 7th. 2019.
For within the state of Colorado (and now Wyoming), cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 9th. 2019.
You may also drop off your stamped envelope at one of the remailing boxes in any local grocery stores, where provided – these should be in-store until the 1st of Feb. King Soopers & City Markets stores have done this yearly. There is a remailing box at the Post Office on 29th St. in Loveland, and in the lobby of the Chamber of Commerce / Loveland Visitor’s Center also.
If you have any questions about sending your own Valentine’s Day cards to Loveland to have it postmarked from Loveland Colorado, please contact the Loveland Chamber of Commerce at (970) 667-6311 or see withlovefromloveland.com.