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How to serve and help others at Valentines


Valentines Day is a fabulous time of year…..unless you don’t have a special someone to get chocolate, buy flowers for, or pick out the perfect card…then it can be a little uncomfortable possibly, or even frustrating? There are a range of emotions tied up with this holiday. 

However,  it is a perfect time that you CAN Sweeten Up Valentine’s for Someone Else with service and helping.

We can all find ways to look outside our self and see who might need a little love.


The promotion of Valentines seems to be that everyone MUST have a sweetheart, or life is over, you have failed, and all is lost.


Marketing at its best.

However, whether there is a sweetheart or not in our life, everyone could use a friend, an act of kindness, a small thoughtful gift; so let’s take this opportunity to spread the love!

There are those who are feeling lonely at a loss this time of year, and even isolated. So let’s see how we can do some good!

Who do  you feel impressed that needs a kindness; and remember, age does not matter?

Someone came to your mind didn’t they???

I think so!

Don’t ignore it, and if no one did, then think a bit longer…..

When you do have a name or two or three, here are some ideas that might help spread the enthusiasm of the holiday to last all year long.

Such as:

  •  take them to lunch or take lunch to them if they are unable to get out easily
  • take them a plant or even small tree to put in their yard
  • have a gift certificate delivered for any number of a variety of services, click HERE for ideas
  • make a special meal for a neighbor to come over, or to drop off to them
  • have others over for a game night who might not have a spouse or a family to be with that day
  • volunteer at a shelter or a food kitchen/bank
  • find a way to serve in the neighborhood by doing yard work or shoveling snow
  • make Valentine cards to send to military or veterans, many do not have loved ones who write to them and would not mind one bit if they were late getting to them
  • put together a little treat bag for someone, it doesn’t have to be big or expensive
  • do not be a sore loser – meaning, if someone at work, or a friend does have a sweetie and you don’t, take the high-road and be happy for them!
  • volunteer at the animal shelter or take approved treats or needed supplies
  • visiting a widow(er) or shut-in

We truly are defined by how we handle difficult situations, and this may be a challenging holiday for us.

If so, let’s put on a happy face, choose a way to serve (possibly different people or the same person) at least once this week, or maybe even every day if it’s a small act, such as anonymously dropping off a little treat.

You will be amazed at the difference you will feel, how your own burden will be lifted and how you will look forward to each day with excitement and joy.

For more see: Valentine Service and How YOU Can Spread the Love

and Valentine Service Project As A Family

Copy­right Car­rie Grone­man,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today


  • Great ideas and think you already know that I feel that we should show love and kindness all year long and not on this one commercialized holiday, too. Thanks again, Carrie and hoping you have a great week ahead now.

  • Carrie,

    I always enjoy reading your posts. They always inspire and encourage me to help others.
    Many Blessings,
    Diane Roark

  • Connie says:

    My daughter is such an inspiration to me 🙂 I will follow her example and take a goody bag to a couple of my special neighbors ,,
    Luv ya kidlet 🙂

  • Jess says:

    Ha. I think so many people need to ready this post…so well written!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Michael says:

    12, Suntree’s 35 kindness ambassadors will pass out kindness notes, stamps, stickers and other items.   The kindness ambassadors are part of the Kindness Club, which started in December. According to Suntree teacher Tracy Seibert, “Kindness Club’s mission statement is to create a culture where Suntree students work together without judgement or reservation to create a kindness culture at Suntree Elementary School. ” Each week, the Kindness Club highlights a “Kindness Challenge,” in which students have helped out in the classroom, on campus, or in the community, with gestures such as making cards for members of assisted living facilities or painting rocks with kindness messages. “On the morning Sun News each week, we spotlight a new Kindness Challenge such as sharing, helping or caring,” Seibert said.

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