YAKIMA, Wash. — A little question led to a lot of hearts handed out on Valentine’s Day at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Yakima’s soup kitchen.

About a week ago, organizer Lisa Reinmuth of Yakima asked a friend about doing something to help the homeless.

“We decided on making Valentines,” she said. “We sent out the word on Facebook that we needed help and we were so surprised at the response.”

Nearly 20 people came together to spend a day cutting the cards, writing personal notes and bagging the gifts at Reinmuth’s house. They made 800 valentines to hand out to people who use the shelter.

“I really didn’t expect anything (this morning),” said Karan Batterton, who stopped by the soup kitchen with her husband. “The little Valentines, the candies, and stuff like that — it brightens one’s day. At least it did for (us).”

Reinmuth and her volunteers said the experience was so rewarding that they plan to do it again on another holiday.