Even heroes need a hug

Photo courtesy of HandCrafted Officers need hugs, too, and a Riverview business is making sure they get them.

Photo courtesy of HandCrafted
Officers need hugs, too, and a Riverview business is making sure they get them.

New Riverview business delivering messages of gratitude to law officers

By ANGELA NIMS
Special to the Sunday Times

RIVERVIEW — A recently opened shop on Fort Street is offering more than Michigan-made crafts. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, HandCrafted will be delivering heart adorned messages of gratitude to local law enforcement officers.

Becky Loyer, who owns HandCrafted with her husband, is constantly on the lookout for a crafty way to give back to the community. Each month, HandCrafted has a different charity or community project going on.

“We wanted to do something for the local police,” Loyer said. “It’s such a hard job, especially with all the bad press as of late. So, showing a little love, how perfect for a Valentine.”

When it comes to appreciating Riverview police, Loyer might be a bit biased: her brother is a Riverview police officer.

To take part in Hugs for Heroes, participants purchase a Hug for $2. Hugs include a bag of candy, Valentine card and envelope.

“They pick out the candy bag and can write a note to a specific officer, or just a generic message for any officer who receives it,” Loyer said.

Loyer, who, in addition to co-owning HandCrafted, is a recently sworn-in small business attorney, is looking forward to exploring more community endeavors with the shop.

“It’s nice for us,” she said. “We get to meet people and talk to them, get to know them. It’s nice to know we’re helping in some small way.”

HandCrafted will host a String Art Party on Jan. 19, and a Sign Painting Night on Jan. 26. Hugs for Heroes can be purchased during normal business hours and at the parties. The Hugs will be delivered the first week of February.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/mihandcrafted.

(Contact Angela Nims at angelanims007@gmail.com.)