Are you struggling with what to do for Valentine's Day? To us it’s the day to day little things and being able to recognize them, that mean more in a marriage than this designated day of love, like when my hubby brings me a cup of early morning coffee before I get out of bed or folding a load of laundry on a night when I’m working late.
After over 3 decades of marriage, many wilted flowers and uneaten chocolates, the hubs and I found that Valentine's Day was really just another day, so instead of throwing the towel and not celebrating at all we decided to make Valentine's Day a day we give love back to the community as way to celebrate our love for each other. Here's a list of my ideas:
Donate to Women in Need: Dress for Success is hosting a Valentine's Day event on February 14 at the Salt Lake Library from 9-11am to provide self care to women in need. They'll have haircuts, make-up, clothing and care packages. The community can help this specific event by dropping off gently used casual clothes by Friday Draper location. They are always in need of Women's dress clothes. 100% off all donations goes to Utah women.
Learn more here >>
Listen to stories of the Elderly: Make arrangements to drop off Valentine goodies to an elderly care facility. While at it you could stay a while and play a game of cards or just listen while they reminisce about the Valentine they are missing.
A directory of Care Facilities can be found here >>
Help Kids who are missing Parents: Contact a children’s grief facility, like the Sharing Place, and donate craft boxes or needed supplies. You can find a list of what's needed on the Sharing Place's website.
Check out this post for a list of craft store coupons >>
Check out the Sharing Place website here >>
Collect Food or Donate Time: Plan a date night volunteering at the Utah Food Bank or serving up a meal at your local shelter. Keep in mind that volunteer spots fill up quickly at the Food Bank. Consider doing a neighborhood food drive on Valentines and dropping off your donation if Valentine's Day is full.
You can check the Utah Food Bank's Give Time schedule here >>
Have dinner at a charity event: Many nonprofits hold charity galas and auctions throughout the year. To find them watch the Coupons4Utah Calendar, Eventbrite.com or directly with your favorite organization.
Donate Blood Together: It’s something we all intend to do, make a date of it and then have a meal together afterwards.
American Red Cross >>
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Making February 14th a day to open your heart and share generosity is a great way for those of us with or without a Valentine. What better way is there to spend Valentine’s Day than celebrating this day of love than by giving back?