The Valentine Project’s Response to COVID-19

As an organization that focuses on spreading love, hope, and joy our work has become crucial as the coronavirus and the fear it brings spread rapidly. Masks are desperately needed for the children we serve who are among the most vulnerable and must travel to hospitals for life-saving treatment.  Kindness Cards send a message of hope to children during this time of isolation. We ask you to support The Valentine Project by becoming a Kindness Card Partner, sewing masks, purchasing masks through our Wear One →
Share One program,
or making a financial donation.

In order to address current COVID-19 needs we have implemented two new programs:

  • Operation Spread Love Not Germs – TVP provides masks to children/families affected by pediatric cancer or chronic illness.
  • Wear One → Share One – This program is open to anyone who would like to buy a mask and support TVP. For each mask purchased, a mask is donated to a child in need.

Check out some press about The Valentine Project’s Covid-19 relief efforts!


About The Valentine Project

The Valentine Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that works to support children from birth to 21 years whose lives are affected by cancer or chronic illness. The volunteer-driven organization sends one-of-a-kind Valentine Gift Boxes filled with love, hope, and joy across the miles to kids in Ohio and the greater San Francisco Bay area.

This year, more than 900 children will receive a Gift Box from The Valentine Project, created by volunteers from around the world.

The Valentine Project was founded by siblings Gregory and Michaela Margida to cultivate compassion for these children. They discovered that dealing with these diagnoses can be especially lonely for patients and siblings alike, and Valentine’s Day – a day that focuses on love – often highlights that loneliness.

At The Valentine Project, our goal is for all children whose lives are affected by cancer or chronic illness to feel special and loved each Valentine’s Day, and to cultivate compassion year-round through offering volunteer opportunities that bring out the love and kindness in us all.

Together, we can make the world a kinder place, where all people feel loved and valued.

Meet our Team

Meet our Team

Co-Founder • San Francisco Area Director
  Gregory co-founded The Valentine Project in 2010 while he was still in high school in Alliance, Ohio. Gregory met Karlie Plas at a camp for kids
President & CEO • Board Member
  Andrea is The Valentine Project’s president, but perhaps just as important, she is Michaela and Gregory’s mom.
  Michaela, along with her brother Gregory, co-founded The Valentine Project in 2010 to help ease the isolation cancer patients and their siblings feel on Valentine’s Day.

Our Partners

Hospital Beneficiaries