Welcome to February, the month of love. Whether you are romantically involved or not, we thought this Valentine’s Day might be a whole lot more lovely if we gave gifts to those outside of our friends a family. Here are some fun ideas:
1. Pack some sack lunches
#HashtagLunchBag is a wonderful organization will give you all the tools and ideas you need to throw a party to make food for the homeless. They have so many amazing resources to make helping others easy and fun!
2. Donate clothes to a local shelter
Places like the Ronald McDonald House house and support families who’s children are in the hospital. Many of the families who arrive there, did not pack a bag, or plan for their child to get injured. RMHC accepts clothing donations for Mom, Dad, and kids, toys, and toiletries. Contact your local RMHC and see what they need.
3. Grant a Wish
If you google local shelters in your area, many of them have a “wish list.” See if there is something on that list you can purchase, or maybe even have to donate. If they don’t have a wish list, call them up and see if there is something they need that you can get them.
4. Make Valentine’s for your local Women’s shelter
True, people need real things like clothes and food, but they also need love and support, especially in a time where they might feel their loneliest. Get a group together and make Valentine’s with encouraging notes on them. Then drop them off at the nearest women’a shelter. (Most women’s shelters house children too, so don’t forget to add some for kids!)
5. Give Flowers to your Community
Some areas have community gardens. I just googled “Community Garden’s in Washington Heights” which is where I live in NYC, and I got a map of all the community gardens in my area. It may be too cold out for anything to last long, but if a little flower bush is there for the day, I’m sure it will make someone smile. (Here’s a list of 12 flowers that do well in the cold.)
OR, go buy a bunch of roses and put little notes on them like, “You are so special. Happy Valentine’s Day” and leave them all over. On car windows, on door knobs, at coffee shops. (You can even do this the day after Valentine’s Day when all the roses and chocolate go on sale.)
I think this is going to be the best Valentine’s Day yet.