Have a Big Heart on Valentine’s Day

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HAVE A BIG HEART ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to share your love with others. Besides the usual chocolates and roses, you can make this holiday more meaningful by doing small acts of caring that reach beyond your circle of family and friends. We at Doing Good Together would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude for the many ways you support our work and make the world a better place.

- Jenny Friedman, Executive Director


SPRINGBOARD FOR SPREADING LOVE

Make a Difference.....

  • Host a Valentine's Day party that spreads the love. Collect fun supplies to make valentines for those in need of cheering up. Or choose another service project such as tying fleece blankets to donate. Adorn your house with hearts, serve pink and red foods, and decorate heart-shaped cookies. For other project ideas, check out bigheartedfamilies.org

  • In the tradition of May Day, create a "love basket" to leave anonymously on the doorstep of a neighbor or friend. Here's one way to make them: Fill with candy and small gifts, along with a special note citing what you love about the person. (If you decide to do this project, be sure to read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch with your kids.)

Heart Paper
  • Print out these fun, kid-friendly valentine inserts from Global Exchange and teach friends and loved ones a bit about Fair Trade issues.
  • Send Valentine's Day e-Cards from Care2.com and generate donations to some great causes!

  • Practice stealth kindness. For example, leave valentines for people to find at a gas station, in a park, or on a table at your local coffeeshop. Find more ideas here.

  • Expand your Valentine's card-making efforts beyond your child's classroom to neighbors, friends and even residents of a local nursing home or hospital. If possible, see if you can deliver them to the recipients yourselves!

  • How do you  feel about guerilla art? Check out thissweet idea for Paper Heart Garland Tree Bombing and bring a little Valentine's Day cheer to your community!
  • If you're a Valentine's Day gift giver, consider gifts that give back to more than just the recipient.


MESSAGES OF LOVE AND KINDNESS

Talk About It.....

Valentine's Day provides the opportunity to talk to your kids about love, generosity and friendship. Here are some questions to prompt discussion: 

  • What is friendship? What does it mean to be a good friend?

  • How does it make you feel to do something nice for others on Valentine's Day?

  • How would it feel to receive a valentine from someone you didn't know?

  • What are some ways we can show people we love them throughout the year?

Learn About It.....

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins, 2006). When Cornelia Augusta finds herself in a downpour of hearts, each one unique, she turns them into valentines for her friends. 

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (HarperCollins, 2007). Little Miss plants a kiss, tends to it, and shares her bounty near and far. A wonderful story about love and generosity. 


INSPIRATION

"Some people care too much. I think it's called love." 
-Winnie the Pooh