Local teens helped spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending area seniors more than 1,000 Valentines as part of Love Letters, a program sponsored by Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA), DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. More than 68,000 teens across the country contributed cards for almost 100,000 seniors. The cards were included in meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels volunteers. Pictured: Katie Fenton

More than 75 middle- and high-school students from 33 area schools submitted entries to Chesterfield Arts’ annual Phyllis Corbet Writing Contest. Local educators, writers and literary art experts judged the entries, and the winning students in each category received cash prizes and bookstore gift certificates. Pictured: High school winners of the 2013 Chesterfield Arts’ Phyllis Corbet Writing Contest

Recent St. Louis immigrants are staying warm this winter, thanks to the Jewish Social Action Network’s Fall Outerwear Drive. The organization gathered more than 400 coats and 300 other outwear items, and distributed them to the International Institute. JSAN is coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council. Photo courtesy of International Institute of St. Louis/Wayne Crosslin

The YMCA of Greater St. Louis began its 2014 Strong Community Campaign at the Edward Jones corporate headquarters, announcing a fundraising goal of $2.175 million. The campaign helps YMCA members with financial support for membership dues, summer camp and child-care services, and supports Y Literacy Services. Last year’s campaign raised more than $1.9 million. Pictured: Gary Schlansker, Emily Pitts, Jim Weddle and Al Kent

Swing Fore Hope presented a check for $30,000 to the Siteman Cancer Center, benefitting St. Louis cancer research. The organization raised the money through its golf tournament and other events, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual. Pictured: Brett Gilliland, Julie Gilliland, Mueriel Carp and Robin Jaeggi

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