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By Alex Ross 

Couple makes hearts to warm the heart


January 12, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Cassandra Gormley poses for a photograph holding a smiling heart. The idea of making smiling hearts is actually the idea of her husband, Jon, who thought of it after his mother, Patty Purkett, talked about patients having a bad day and he thought the hearts would cheer people up. The heart pictured was designed after the Betty Boop cartoon because Jon's mother loves the cartoon.

A Havre couple are using their artistic skills and a Facebook page to bring joy to people in the form of wooden smiling hearts,

Jon and Cassandra Gormley have created The Smiling Heart, a weekly contest where people submit the name or story of someone who either is facing a personal hardship or goes out of their way to help others.

The winner receives an 8-by-8-inch heart on a small wooden stand decorated specifically for the recipient.

Jon, a machinist, cuts the hearts from recycled plywood, while his wife, Cassandra, decorates them. A picture is then taken of the heart before they a...

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