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Bill Jones, Editor
4:15 am CST January 23, 2020

If you’d give us just a moment of your time, we’d like to get to the heart of something.

Every year, 22nd Century Media holds a Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest, and we think it’s important to remind people up front of the cause. Yes, it’s an opportunity for children in our coverage area to get creative. And yes, it’s an opportunity to win prizes.

But more than any of that, it’s making sure some of our local veterans feel some extra love around the holiday, as all of the entries are distributed with the help of a local organization. It’s been a key component of this contest for years, and we’re happy to be able to carry that out yet again.

With that in mind, The Orland Park Prairie is asking children ages 3-12 to get creative by downloading the form from the homepage of OPPrai to create just one outstanding valentine per entrant and send it our way.

Entries must be mailed to or dropped off at 22nd Century Media Southwest Chicago c/o Editor Bill Jones, 11516 W. 183rd St., Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, IL, 60467.

The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Publisher 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Chicago staff will review all entries and select winners in each of three age groups — ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The winning entries are to be published in The Prairie’s Feb. 13 edition, along with other favorites, at the editor’s discretion.

For this year’s contest, we will be picking one winner in each age group from across all seven of the towns and schools in our southwest suburban coverage area: Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Homer Glen and Lockport. Each winner is to receive a $25 gift card for Gizmos, 66 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park.

Winners will be chosen based on creativity and neatness. Entries must use and fit on the form provided.

As in past years, 22nd Century Media Southwest Chicago is to team up with an area organization to help distribute the finished valentines — minus the entry form information — to nearby veterans.

For more information, call (708) 326-9170 ext. 20 or email