When you think of Valentine's Day, you think flowers, candy and maybe a romantic date. Tuesday night, the Kids Safe Zone in Penn North had a little something different in mind.
The Safe Zone hosted a special Valentine's Day dinner for the kids and their loved ones. The dinner was a way for young people to show the people most important in their lives how much they mean to them.
"We just wanted to give the children an opportunity to just show the adults that love them how much they love them," said Penn North CEO, Ericka Alston-Buck.
And the Kids Safe Zone also takes care of them.
"In celebrating, we work very hard to deal with the grief and loss in this community," Alston-Buck said.
An anonymous grant paid for dinner and five more celebrations this year, but it's also the generosity of the community that helps the center survive.
"It just reminds me of when I grew up in the inner city myself and I just jumped at the opportunity to give back," said Kedric Gough, owner of restaurant, Georgia Peach.
Parents and caregivers certainly felt special and are grateful
"She's safe, and she ate and she's having a great time cause she doesn't have siblings at home so this place really makes her feel like she has friends," said parent Andrea Brown.
But it's really the sentiments that don't cost a thing that bring loved ones closer.
"My mom is intelligent, she's smart, and she goes to college and she graduated," said one little girl.
The Kids Safe Zone plans to hold more events like this one in the future.