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Share the Love and Give Back on Valentine's Day

Share the Love and Give Back on Valentine's Day

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! You may have noticed the sweet scent of flowers in the air, or seen stores’ shelves stocked to the brim with heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. That’s right: it’s officially the week of Valentine’s Day. 

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for singles, couples, friends and family members to come together and share their love through heartfelt notes, time together and of course, gifts. But what if you could share love with more people than just those closest to you? What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can! Here’s how you can share the love and give back on Valentine’s Day.

1. Send an unexpected Valentine.
Do you remember elementary school, when everyone brought Valentines and everyone received Valentines? Back then, you got unexpected Valentine cards all the time. Over the years, that tradition slowly died, and now you might rarely give or receive any surprise Valentine cards. Instead, change things up a bit this Valentine’s Day and give back by sending a card to someone who doesn’t expect it. Pick an acquaintance who might not receive cards, or check with local organizations like children’s hospitals to see if they accept Valentine’s cards for patients. No matter who you send it to, make sure it’s a surprise so you can brighten someone’s Valentine’s Day.

2. Make a care package.
Valentine’s Day isn’t sweet for everyone. However, you can make a difference by brightening someone’s day with a care package. Whether you send a package overseas to military men and women, create a package to hand out to homeless individuals or put together a goodie bag for your neighbors to enjoy—there are plenty of options to choose from. It’s all up to you, and it can all bring joy this Valentine’s Day. Add in some treats like chocolate or candy, but consider throwing in necessities, too, such as warm socks or water bottles. With a care package, the recipients will definitely feel the Valentine’s Day love.

3. Become a donor.
Give the gift of a full life this Valentine’s Day by becoming a donor. Just last month, January marked National Blood Donor Month, and coming up, April will celebrate National Donate Life Month. If you are able, consider donating blood as frequently as every eight weeks—and save up to three lives with each donation! Of course, if you choose to register as an organ donor, your organs can also be used to save someone’s life, even after you’ve passed away. In fact, a single organ donor can save up to eight people! Those are a lot of lives you can impact this Valentine’s Day, simply by donating blood and organs you don’t need to people who do need them. This Valentine’s Day, you impact someone’s life by becoming a donor.

4. Buy a gift that gives back.
If you want to give a gift to your loved one for Valentine’s Day, put an altruistic spin on it by choosing a gift that gives back. Lots of nonprofit organizations and businesses offer products or services you can purchase which donate a portion of the proceeds to people in need all around the world. For instance, when you buy goods from Product (RED), 100% of proceeds fund HIV/AIDS health and community programs through the Global Fund. Talk about a romantic Valentine’s Day present! If you already have gift ideas, research online to find a place where you could purchase something similar and give back to a good cause at the same time. 

5. Go on a volunteer date.
What’s the most romantic thing to do on Valentine’s Day? Give back to someone else, of course! If you want a night out with your significant other, consider going on a volunteer date together. Find an organization or cause you both care about and see how you can get involved to make a difference. Then, not only do you have the opportunity to spend time together, but you also make a positive impact on the world at the same time. Not sure where to start? Choose a cause, find an organization and get connected to see how you can help!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year, share the love with more than just your loved ones. If you want to make a difference, keep these ideas in mind as we head into the holiday, and see how you can show empathy, compassion and love to those around you on Valentine’s Day.

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January 1-December 31
  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

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  • Our Mission: To bring hope, justice, and healing to victims of domestic violence murder by providing holistic non-profit legal representation in the civil, probate and family courts.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • The mission of Gentle Ironhawk Shelter is to protect battered women of diverse cultures and backgrounds and their children by providing a safe environment where victims of domestic abuse can heal, be validated for who they are, be educated, receive western, traditional, and/or faith based counseling, identify resources in multiple jurisdictions, and break free from the cycle of violence and strengthen families.

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