Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Many of us may have plans to spend the day surrounded by beautiful roses while enjoying chocolates and romantic dinners (did you remember to book that reservation?). More often than not, we get so caught up in the romanticized hype of Valentine’s that we neglect how truly philanthropic it could be. Below are a few gift ideas that not only come from the heart but will be appreciated for many Valentine’s Days to come.
1. CO-WORKER CANDY GRAMS
You and your co-workers are around each other A LOT! Why not show each other how much you appreciate each other by sharing candy grams filled with kind words. The candy gram prices can be as low as $1 and all proceeds can be donated to your local charity.
2. SPREAD LOVE AT YOUR LOCAL NURSING HOMES
There are 260 nursing homes in the Boston, Mass., metropolitan area. It may be seemingly impossible to reach every resident at each nursing home, but it wouldn’t hurt to find the nursing home closest to you and spread some love. Here’s what you can do:
- Reach out to your local nursing home facility
- Find out the total number of residents and staff
- Gather a group of friends
- Decorate Valentine’s Day cards and have them delivered to your local nursing. You could even hand deliver the cards yourself. The added joy you will feel from actually seeing those happy faces will be magical.
3. TIE THE KNOT THE PHILANTHROPIC WAY
February is definitely the month of love and not only because of Valentine’s Day. This month is also known as National Wedding Month. Planning a wedding in itself is a bit of a headache and adding a philanthropic edge to it may seem daunting. It’s not. There are so many things, big and small, that you can do. Every little bit counts. Here are a few ideas:
- Instead of accepting traditional wedding gifts, create a charity registry
- Thank your vendors and guest by giving them charity gift cards
- After your wedding, donate your wedding dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer