Valentines are not just for romance: in some cases, the can even show a little love to perfect strangers.

Island elementary school students have created valentine cards that will be hand-delivered to about 60 veterans in nursing homes across P.E.I. by members of HMCS Queen Charlotte's naval reserve division over the next few days. 

"The response that we've got from the veterans for the past three years has been outstanding. They certainly appreciate it," said Lt. Jim Smith, the training and deck officer at HMCS Queen Charlotte.

"We come in uniform, and you know, just to say thanks for their service, and that we're thinking about them all the time and not just Remembrance Day." 

Valentine Cards

Able Seaman Macleod, left, Leading Seaman Crawford and Naval Cadet Bannerman deliver cards to veterans. (Submitted by the Canadian Armed Forces)

Each year since 1989 Veterans Affairs Canada has invited schools, individuals and organizations to participate in its Valentines for Vets program. VAC then distributes the valentines to veterans in long-term care facilities across the country in time for Feb. 14.

Usually the valentines are mailed but three years ago HMCS Charlottetown modified the program for P.E.I.

"Because we're such a close-knit community and the Island is small enough that we can take them out and hand-deliver them ourselves," Smith said. 

This will be the first year that the sailors plan to visit each and every long-term care facility on P.E.I. 

Members also go into schools to help children make the valentines and talk to them about the veterans' sacrifices. 

Children have decorated hundreds of cards, so each veteran will receive more than one.

With files from Angela Walker