With 18,000 local troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, that leaves thousands of lonely hearts here tending the home fires without their sweethearts this Valentine’s Day. To help make that day a little more bearable, the Ranger and Airlifter newspapers are hosting a Valentine’s Day of Pampering in Lacey on February 14 to honor local military spouses and girlfriends.
Free to spouses and girlfriends of deployed service members, attendees will be treated to four hours of free massage, hair care, skin care, makeovers, food, door prizes, dance lessons, tarot card readings, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and more.
“Our local military spouses and significant others make a big sacrifice to their country by keeping their chins up and supporting their troop downrange,” said Ken Swarner, publisher of the Ranger and Airlifter newspapers. “We wanted them to know that people realize that sacrifice, and we wanted to show our thanks for their service to this country.”
The event runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Martin’s University’s Marcus/Worthington centers at 5300 Pacific Ave in Lacey. Childcare for 350 children is also being provided at no charge. A fashion show featuring military spouses also takes place roughly around 5:15 p.m.
As of Feb. 9, over 600 spouses have RSVP’d to attend Sunday’s event.