SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - While Valentine's Day may be less than a week away, folks in Santa Ynez are feeling the love. They're even dusting off some classic typewriters in hopes that first responders will feel the love too.
A relic of the past, communicating gratitude in the present day.
"I love the idea of writing letters to people and having it be a physical real thing," said Kristen Cramer, Owner of Global Eye Art Collective.
Global Eye Art Collective, Los Olivos Lemons and several surrounding businesses are hoping the community's typed letters and Valentines to first responders will ease the trauma of the past two months with a little love.
"There are lots of people all throughout the county I think that are really appreciative. The disaster is far more reaching than you could imagine," said Cramer.
The small business owners will also be donating their proceeds to the National Search Dog Foundation.
"First responder dogs, it’s great we have a chance to write them a letter and say thanks to those pups that helped out through a really trying time in the community," said community member, Jake Francis. Francis donated some of his old-fashioned typewriters to Cramer for the event.
Even Rex the Labrador will be getting a special delivery.
"I wrote to him that I hope he gets to eat steak and gravy this Valentine’s Day and every day after," said community member Amy Francis.
While it may be an antique way to show appreciation, folks in Santa Ynez say there's a newfound sense of connection after the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow, that they hope will continue.
“Thank you, we love you and you’re forever in our hearts," said one woman, reading aloud her letter.
“I’m really proud of our community on both sides of the mountains, I think we can all pull together," said Susan Tova.
Roses are red, violets are blue and we just wanted to say thank you.