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5 ways to celebrate a charitable Valentine's day

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Charitable ideas for Valentine

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Month of Love, and you can see it’s nearly here: red-heart cards, boxes of chocolate, love quotes and bouquets of flowers are all starting to appear in shops across the country. 

Now Valentine’s Day is heavily commercialised and loaded with expectations, but there is also a charitable way to love and show it. 

Here is a list of 5 ways to spread Charitable Love during this month, to make Valentine's Day special to as many people as possible.  

 

1) Make your own traditions!  

Changing someone else's life can be a good new tradition to create for your Valentine's Day 2019. You can choose to donate to or volunteer with charities that help and support homeless people, like Church Homeless Trust.

You can also skip the expensive special-occasion-dinner and put the money towards buying donation items for the local Food Bank instead. 

You can find a list of the Food Banks all around the UK here by visiting The Trussel Trust.

 

2) Turn a “stranger” into a new friend!  

Give up the lovey-dovey cards and opt for an uplifting note addressed to an almost stranger. Share these cards with people like a neighbour you have yet to officially meet or a cashier at the grocery store you frequent.  

Take some actions in your office or your community that can make the people around you happier: it's good for your mental health and theirs as well.  

Have a look here for more tips to be happier and make others happy.  

Action For Happines

Photo Credit: Action for Happiness

3) Share the love!  

Adopt a cat or dog from your local animal shelter. Your new fuzzy friend will appreciate the hugs! 

You can find your new best friend through Wood Green - The animal charity and Four Paws. 

 

4) Choose a Social Enterprise Café or restaurant for your first date! 

If you have a date this Valentine’s Day, keep it simple and find a social enterprise café or restaurant in your area.

From coffee brands giving ex-offenders a second chance to cafés selling cookies (and more) to improve literacy rates in its local community, and light-filled hangouts giving the homeless a second shot, our capital is full of wonderful social enterprise using food and drink to make a difference.  

For example you could try: 

Or, find your favourite one from Buy Social, the Social Enterprise UK directory.  

 

Photo Credit (including cover image): Harry Specters

5) Buy a charitable gift! 

Show your love to your dearest ones by buying them a gift that will help other people as well. Many charities have a list of gifts that will improve someone else's life. If you are looking for some suggestions, here you can find some ideas! 

For Her: 

For Him: 

For your Bestie:  

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