“Love grows by giving.” – Elbert Hubbard
Valentine’s Day quickly brings to mind big bouquets of red roses, heart-shaped boxes of candy, and hard-to-get dinner reservations. Whether you’re in a relationship and want to impress that special someone, or you’re single and spend the day with friends, February 14th can come and go in a pink and red candy-coated whirlwind.
This year, make Valentine’s Day special in a more lasting way, celebrating friendship and love with your friends, family and loved ones.
Need a few ideas for giving from your heart?
Personalize a charitable donation in their honor. Find their favorite charity on JustGive. Then, for as little as $10, you can give a heartfelt gift by making a donation in their name. We will send them an email with your personal message, letting them know you gave to a cause they care about. A gift that gives to others does more than a single rose!
Give twice with the GiveNow Card. Ask them to be your “green” valentine! Send an earth-friendly GiveNow card via email that they can redeem for any of nearly 1.5 million charities working throughout the world. Your loved one has the option to donate to more than one charity and even give more than the value of the gift card. Want to present it in person or in a card? You can easily print the online GiveNow card from your computer, or order a physical card sent from JustGive directly to them.
Gift Collections offer more variety than a box of chocolates. Does your friend or loved one care about planting trees to help the environment? Are they passionate about inspiring children, or protecting animals? Give a Gift Collection in their name and you will help four charities devoted to a single cause.
Give your time to change your community Volunteer your time at a local animal shelter, soup kitchen, or retirement home. JustGive offers tips on how to make the most of the hours you have to give and suggests everyday steps you can take to make a difference, not only in your community, but also across the globe.
Show love with Small Acts of Kindness
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only holiday that falls in the second week of February. February 12-18 is the 13th annual Random Acts of Kindness Week. Simple acts: Drop a quarter in a stranger’s parking meter or buy coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. Tape the exact change for a soda to a vending machine. Leave a card with a joyful message in your neighbor’s mailbox. Collect canned goods for a food bank. Shovel a neighbor’s driveway, or baby-sit—for free. Visit actsofkindness.org for hundreds of other ideas.
Tell a friend about these ideas to honor love this Valentine’s Day in a lasting and meaningful way.