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Lindsay Torrico

By Lindsay Torrico

This Valentine’s Day, Support our Children and Youth


This Valentine’s Day, Support our Children and Youth Image

Valentine’s Day is coming. Whether single or attached, you could make someone feel special. As Congress makes critical decisions about spending cuts, our nation’s vulnerable children and families need your love and support.

Unless Congress acts before March 1, an across-the-board spending cut – known as sequestration – to many programs supporting children and their families will go into effect.  That’s why United Way, in partnership with First Focus, is asking children, parents and community members to send a strong message to Washington about the importance of maintaining vital social services for children and families.

We invite supporters and advocates to tell Congress don’t break the hearts of children and families and cut programs that support vulnerable communities. Join the “Show Kids the Love” campaign and send a Valentine’s e-card to your member of Congress today.

Take Action: 

1. Send a Valentine’s Day e-card to Congress. Use our simple e-card tool to tell congressional representatives to prioritize our nation’s children. 

2. Mail Your Representative a Valentine’s Day Card. Send a card and encourage children, friends or colleagues to send a card to Congress asking them to support an education, income or health program in the budget. Take a picture of your valentine and post it on the Facebook pages of United Way and First Focus

3. Share the love using social media. Post a message on Facebook. Send a v-day tweet. Use hashtag #kidswin.

Here are some sample messages:

  • This #ValentinesDay, help us protect funding for children’s programs #LIVEUNITED #kidswin #NoMoreCuts
  • Join @UnitedWay @FirstFocus #ValentinesDay campaign & tell congress to help #kidswin #LIVEUNITED #NoMoreCuts
  • Tell Congress not to break the hearts of children #kidswin #LIVEUNITED #NoMoreCuts

Send a Tweet to your representative:

  • [Representative's twitter handle]: Don’t let investments to kids be cut by $4.2 billion. Stop #sequestration! #kidswin #NoMoreCuts
  • #Sequestration means an 5.1% cut to #education funding in 2013. [Representative's twitter handle]: Make sure there are #NoMoreCuts so our #kidswin

For a complete list of members and their twitter handles as well as other social media accounts, please see these House and Senate lists. 

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