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Five People To Make Your Valentine

Updated on July 10, 2014

Celebrate Valentine's Day By Reaching Out To Those Who Need Encouragement

St. Valentine's Day is celebrated in many parts of the world as a day for showing love, particularly romantic love. But it's not just red roses and smooching your sweetie that are called for on Valentine's Day - it's also a great day to reach out to those who might need your encouragement, love, friendship and support. However you yourself spend Valentine's Day, these five suggestions for "valentines" this year give you five ways to show that you care for people who might be able to use some cheer on Valentine's Day.

Make A Soldier Your Valentine

Send A Valentine To A Member Of The Armed Forces

Members of the Armed Forces often miss important holidays, special occasions and milestones while they are deployed overseas, and Valentine's Day is a great time to show your appreciation for their service. Many soldiers are away from loved ones and would appreciate a note of gratitude or cheer from back home in America. You can send Valentine's to members of the United States military through the non-profit organization Hugs For Our Soldiers. This organization also allows you to send letters to soldiers year-round, so even if you miss their Valentine's Day deadline you can still participate.

Make Your Own Valentine's Day Cards

Avery Greeting Cards, Inkjet Printers, 20 Greeting Cards and Envelopes, 5.5 x 8.5, Folded (3265)
Avery Greeting Cards, Inkjet Printers, 20 Greeting Cards and Envelopes, 5.5 x 8.5, Folded (3265)

Ideal for birthday and holiday cards, invitations, announcements, monogrammed stationery, place cards, awards and more. The high-quality, heavyweight stock and special two-sided coating maximize ink jet printer colors. Microperforation and premium scoring allow for easy folding and clean, neat edges. Cards are easy to format with any desktop publishing software. Guaranteed to feed easily through all popular ink jet printers.


Make A Senior Citizen Your Valentine

Brighten An Elderly Person's Valentine's Day

You can never go wrong when you spend time with senior citizens and the elderly, particularly those who are homebound or widowed. For older folks, Valentine's Day may be a day where they feel lonely or sad, especially if their spouse is gone and they are living alone. It's easy to make a senior citizen your valentine - simply taking the time to send a card to an elderly relative may be very much appreciated. Even better, if you live nearby, take them out to lunch or dinner, or visit in their home. If you don't have elderly relatives or neighbors you personally know, you can drop off cards at a nursing home or retirement home in your area or volunteer to help there for the day. This is also a great day to ask about their favorite memories of Valentine's Day and what they've learned about love through their life - who knows, you might learn a juicy family story about Grandma and Grandpa's first date, or come away with some wisdom on what makes for a happy marriage.

Valentine's Day Ideas For Seniors And The Elderly

Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project (Penguin Books for English: Developmental)
Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project (Penguin Books for English: Developmental)

This book is about the StoryCorps oral history project, and can provide some ideas for you about how to ask questions about oral history, family legend, and wisdom gained by the years.

Gift for Grandparents Valentine Surprise
Gift for Grandparents Valentine Surprise

If your grandparents live far away, consider sending them this gift basket made just for grandparents on Valentine's Day!

A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words
A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words

If you're visiting with your grandparent or any elderly person, this journal can help capture some of their wisdom and history. Questions explore family history, childhood memories, lighthearted incidents, cherished traditions, and the dreams and spiritual adventures encountered in a lifetime of living.


Make A Child Your Valentine

Celebrate A Family Valentine's Day

One of the most important things parents can do to help their children build healthy relationships with others is to make their relationship healthy and loving. Although Valentine's Day is most often seen as a time for romantic love, it is also a good day to show your children how much you value and care for them as well. Giving your kids a Valentine's Day card, presenting a small toy or game, or taking them out for a special treat like a trip to the park or ice cream can go a long way towards building their self-esteem and confidence. Memories you create with your kids today will last much longer, and when they are one day dating themselves they will measure their relationships through the behavior you modeled for them. Presents are not important here, but quality time is.

For people who don't have children of their own, take a look around your family or neighborhood - perhaps there is a child of a single mom or the youngest kid in a large family who would like a little positive attention from their aunt or neighbor.

Make Someone In The Hospital Your Valentine

Send Cheer To The Hospitalized

It's never fun to be in the hospital, but for many chronically sick children it is their daily life - many have never known anything else. The non-profit organization Make A Child Smile brings letters and gifts to very sick children between the ages of 2 and 18, as well as their parents and siblings. It's very easy to drop a Valentine card in the mail for one of their rotating group of children on the website, and costs nothing but a stamp for your card.

Alternatively, you can also call your local hospital or children's hospital and ask them how you can volunteer or donate Valentine's cards for the patients that will be there that day.

Make A Pet Your Valentine

Adopt Your Valentine From A Shelter

If you are looking to show lasting love for another creature on Valentine's Day, consider adopting a pet from a shelter in your neighborhood. A pet in need of a home will enrich your life and provide you with a loving family member, just as you provide it with a home. You can adopt dogs and cats, of course, but there are also birds, rabbits, turtles and other animals in need of a loving home. Petfinder can search by zip code and type of animal and get you started on your journey.

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      6 years ago

      Yeah CHICAGO!

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens with wonderful ideas!!

    • PaulaSquidoo profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. I'm not one to get into the hype of Valentine's Day, but this makes me think twice :-0

    • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice idea ... Angel blessings!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful, creative and thoughtful ideas!

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      7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a fantastic idea. Valentine's Day has become so commercial, but here you have gone back to the real meaning of caring and sharing. Glad to see this wonderful lens wearing a purple star, congratulations.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow! These are very thoughtful ways to make Valentine's Day special. :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      This is very thoughtful. Most people don't bother with Valentine's Day unless they are courting someone. This gives added dimension to the holiday.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice suggestions. I am going a secret-santa style Valentine swap on someone's blog. I'm not quite sure what to expect as I have never done anything like it before. Nice lens.

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      Fcuk Hub 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this awesome lens :)

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      8 years ago

      Good suggestions.

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago

      Great ideas! :)

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      8 years ago

      Excellent way to celebrate Valentine's Day, Jen! I really appreciate that you did this lens. And I see that beautiful and well-deserved Purple Star, so I'm adding my Angel Blessings to this.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thanks BuckHawk!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really like how you made us think of these people for Valentines. Great thought.

    • JenOfChicago LM profile imageAUTHOR

      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      @Sami4u LM: Thanks for the blessing! Have nice Valentine's Day!

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      Sami4u LM 

      8 years ago


      Good Job showing care for others on Valentine's Day! Blessed :)

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      8 years ago

      Very thoughtful lens, I really like your ideas!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! When I read the Squidcast I was interested and curious. Your ideas here made me smile - they are amazing. I just love senior citizens and I wouldn't have thought about your idea. And the soldier idea too is awesome.

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      8 years ago

      You have given me good ideas to make a special day for those most in need. Thank you very much.

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      darciefrench lm 

      8 years ago

      Lovely Valentine's lens- it's so true that Valentine's Day need not be about romance.

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      8 years ago

      You are a very caring person. I have donated chocolates to hospitals in the past for Valentine's day, but this is a great lens to remind us of all those people that don't get to feel special on February 14th.

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      8 years ago

      What a thoughtful lens, love the picture of the puppy with the wee heart on his nose


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