The Congressional Award and Wish of a Lifetime from AARP team up for Cupid Crew

Washington, D.C. – (February 14, 2023) The Congressional Award is excited to collaborate with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP for the 10th annual Cupid Crew campaign. This nationwide effort brings together schools and volunteers of all ages to connect with and send love to older adults at risk for isolation in their communities by creating heartfelt cards to deliver in their communities. Cupid Crew will also deliver 100,000 roses to older adults across the country this Valentine’s Day.

Cupid Crew combats loneliness and promotes intergenerational connections on a holiday that can be challenging for older adults who have lost loved ones. It provides an opportunity for youth to get involved in their communities and positively impact older adults’ lives.

“The Congressional Award is honored to be partnering with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP for the 10th annual Cupid Crew campaign,” said Erica Heyse, National Director at The Congressional Award. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth participants to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults at risk for isolation. We encourage everyone to get involved and spread love and joy this Valentine’s Day by volunteering at a local event, sending a heartfelt letter or care package, or simply spending time with an older adult in their community.”

“Wish of a Lifetime is committed to intergenerational connection, and we are thrilled the Congressional Award will be creating and delivering heartfelt cards via Cupid Crew,” said Tom Wagenlander, vice president and executive director of Wish of a Lifetime from AARP. “Delivering a card or rose may seem simple, but for older adults who may be at risk for isolation the effect is extraordinary.”

To join Cupid Crew , please head to for more information and helpful resources. Check out the photos from our Cupid Crew participants here.

About The Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. To learn more about The Congressional Award please visit

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 one of AARP’s charitable affiliates, 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.