Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentines Day Ideas

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Here are a couple of  selfless ideas to celebrate.

Valentines Day is for love so what better way to show your children about loving and caring for others than by making cards to take to your local nursing home or homeless shelter. Make red hearts and layer them on pink construction paper cards for a simple thoughtful note for residents. Children can pen their own messages of hope and care which will surely brighten some one's day.

Help children to melt chocolate chips or Hershey bars in the microwave. Dip juicy strawberries in the melted chocolate and lay them on wax paper to cool These make a yummy treat to share with friends after school.

Consider donating an extra box of store bought children's Valentines to your child's teacher for those students who may not be able to participate in the class exchange due to financial hardships. Teachers are always happy to receive donations of supplies and store bought snacks to keep on hand so no child feels left out if they cannot afford to participate or if they simply forget to let mom know what they need.

Another way you and your child can share love on Valentine's day is to take a couple of boxes of dog and cat treats to the local animal shelter. When the economy is down, pets seem to take a back seat. Many once loved animals have found themselves in local shelters because their owners can no longer afford to keep them. People who cannot adopt a pet at the moment can still make a difference by sharing treats or by donating dog and cat food. Volunteers are often needed to help groom and clean after these animals too, so consider finding time to help out if your local shelter is in need.

This is another commercial holiday celebration that can be used to help and do for others. What other ways can you think of to celebrate the Love on Valentine's Day?

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