Virtual Love Day was a hit.
Claremore's second annual Love Day event was a little different this year due to COVID. Social distancing and restrictions on large gatherings were taken into account for this year's event.
The event was three fold: First, the city collected cards and letters of encouragement to distribute, next volunteers tackled a number of community service projects, and the event wrapped up with a virtual concert.
Acting City Manager John Feary said by all accounts, Love Day 2020 was a success.
"To recap, 15 of the 25 projects were completed," he said. "They plan on continuing the others for the rest of the month, 60-70 volunteers helped with those projects."
Feary said a total of 2,500 cards and notes were collected.
"With 700 going to teachers, 400 to veterans, 500 to senior class of 2021, 600 to senior citizens, 50 to fire, 50 to police and about 200 extra handwritten notes were dropped off at city hall to be distributed throughout the community," Feary said.
Feary said about 150 people signed on to watch the live virtual concert.
"For a somewhat modified version of Love Day, I'd say it was a success," Feary said. "It was all about the impact made on our seniors, teachers, class of 2021, police and fire."
On Love Day, Police Chief Stan Brown said, “If you know me, you know I don’t talk a lot but words matter to me. And so I want to start off by analyzing Love Day. Words matter and I want to talk about love...Love is also an action word. Now, in my 26 years of service to this community I’ve seen the action of love demonstrated many times. I’m encouraged by that, pleased by that, and our community is greater for that.”
Brown said Love Day is a chance to put love into action.