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Feb 1, 2024
Wish of a Lifetime from AARP in its 11th Annual Cupid Crew To Combat Social Isolation With Cards and Roses

WASHINGTON — This Valentine's Day, join Wish of a Lifetime from AARP for its 11th annual Cupid Crew effort to send love and deliver cards and roses to older adults, fostering intergenerational connections with those who may be at risk for social isolation.

No matter the age, we all need connection to thrive physically and emotionally. The continuing problem of social isolation threatens the health and mental well-being of millions of people in the U.S. Through Cupid Crew, Wish of a Lifetime encourages people of all ages, in communities both big and small, to help isolated older adults feel more connected and loved.

"Now in its 11th year, Cupid Crew has impacted over 750,000 older adults throughout the country, something that is especially important during a holiday that is all about love and connection," said Tom Wagenlander, vice president and executive director, Wish of a Lifetime from AARP. "I encourage everyone to say hello, send a card, deliver a rose, or call someone in their neighborhood experiencing isolation. Your small gesture can greatly impact how much love and community they feel."

Cupid Crew has enlisted volunteers nationwide to help deliver roses and cards to older adults – with more than 170,000 roses committed for delivery this year. Additionally, there will be an official pop-up Cupid Crew location at Washington D.C.'s Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, on Wednesday, February 14, 10 AM – 12 PM ET. At Union Station, Wish of a Lifetime will be joined by local police officers, volunteers, violinist Alexander Strachan, and others, to deliver 2,500 roses to unsuspecting passersby.

To participate, learn more, and send love, go to From there, you can download and create a card, then send it to an older adult this Valentine's Day. There is also more information on volunteering to deliver roses and/or donate to Wish of a Lifetime.


About ​​Wish of a Lifetime from AARP​​

​​Wish of a Lifetime from AARP grants wishes to people 65 and older in recognition of their special accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices. As a charitable affiliate of AARP, Wish of a Lifetime helps people achieve long held goals while also combatting the negative effects of isolation and strengthening social ties and intergenerational connections. Connecting wish recipients with the people and passions that are important to them is central to the organization's work. To learn more, visit or follow @wishofalifetime on social media.

About AARP

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit,ñol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspañol and @AARPadvocates on social media.

For further information: Henry Kenney III,, 202-714-0214