Adopt A Valentine And Share Some Love

The most loving of holidays is just around the corner. Why not spice things up and adopt a valentine? Don’t worry if you already hold the key to someone’s heart; they won’t mind your good deed one bit!

Hospitals, nursing homes, and veterans rehabilitation centers across the nation are channeling their inner cupid skills and hoping that kind strangers will share some love with patients and residents through Valentine’s Day cards or pen pal programs.

These random acts of kindness make the holiday special, and not only for the card recipients — they also put smiles on the faces of caretakers, who take heart in knowing that others are also thinking of their loved ones.

What You Can Do

Are you ready to make Valentine’s Day extra-special this year and adopt a valentine? It’s simple! Send a Facebook message or email to your local hospital, nursing home, or veterans affairs office to ask if they have a card drive or other special event planned.

While you wait for a response, send an electronic Valentine’s Day card to a child at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Simply select a digital card design, add a few words of encouragement, and press send.

You could also try sending a note through The Good Samaritan Society. The senior care provider has numerous locations across the country. Find a location near you, and select “Send a note” from the side menu to drop an elderly resident a line using an easy electronic form. No stamps required!

Sharing the Love

Campaigns or events hosted around Valentine’s Day go a long way toward brightening the days of people in need. Check out some examples to find inspiration. Last year, patients at the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital were showered with over 30,000 holiday greetings as part of the hospital’s Valentine’s Day Card campaign made possible by California radio station Star 106.5. Amazing!

On the East Coast, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine was also bit by the lovebug. A few years ago, they hosted a Valentine’s Day bake sale to raise money for a different type of card — gas station gift cards. These were then distributed to cancer patients to help ease the financial burden of traveling to their appointments.

Love comes in many forms. This Valentine’s Day, be kindhearted and caring with the aim of making this holiday more joyous for a stranger.

By: Angela Tague

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