The most romantic day of the year is here—Valentine’s Day. Did you just roll your eyes? OK, I know not everyone is a fan. Yes, it can be a very cliche, overrated, expensive, and commercialized holiday. But, let’s just sit back and think about one thing. When it all comes down to it, this is a day to celebrate love. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. Unfortunately, big brands and the media do a great job of selling you all the other stuff. That’s why I wanted to give you a different set of options on how to spread genuine love and give back on Valentine’s Day (and every day after that).
Random Acts of Kindness
I can’t imagine a better way to share the spirit of love by performing a random act of kindness. Whether it’s a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or a stranger—doing something kind for someone else just because is a great way to start your Valentine’s Day. There are so many ways to get started. Read here for a few random acts of kindness ideas.
Gifts that Give Back
If you love giving gifts on Valentine’s Day, why not give a gift that gives back to your favorite charity or cause. Many of them now have their own online gift shops. As you know, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of my favorite charities. The St. Jude Gift Shop is filled with gifts for the special someone in your life and 100 percent of the profits, after all related expenses, benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Volunteer on Valentine’s Day
Take a pass on the crowded restaurants and shopping malls on Valentine’s Day and volunteer instead. There are unlimited volunteer opportunities out there. Believe me, your favorite non-profit organization or cause would love to have you. From playing with kittens, feeding your community, mentoring kids, and more. You can get started by doing a quick online search for volunteer opportunities in your city.
Why not mix things up this Valentine’s Day by donating to a cause or charity in honor of someone you love? Many organizations allow you to donate in someone else’s name. Make sure to ask first before making a donation if you’re gifting it. Ask for proof of the donation, then include it in a card or handwritten note.
This might not be a romantic or ideal way to spend the “day of love,” especially if you’re afraid of needles. But, if you aren’t, then donating blood is a great way to give back on Valentine’s Day. According to the American Red Cross, you could help save more than one life with just one donation. Get started here.
Make a Date with a Senior Citizen
Sometimes our senior citizens can be forgotten in this busy world. You can change that by spending Valentine’s Day with them. Whether it’s an elder family member, a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger, there are lots of ways to show them you care. Offer to help them run errands, take them to lunch, bring them a Valentine’s Day card, or simply just plan to visit them. You can even check your local Senior facility for volunteer opportunities.
A Valentine’s Day Party That Helps
Grab your family and friends and host a Valentine’s Day party that gives back. Go ahead and plan like you would any festive party, but ask your guests to bring a $5 donation for your charity of choice. You can even check local shelters in your area and see what their most needed items are. Then ask your guests to bring one (or more) of those items. Then donate what you’ve collected the next day.
These are only seven ways that you can give back on Valentine’s Day. I’d love to hear your ideas on how you give back. Share with us in the comments below!