Give Back a Little Extra Love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Although chocolate and flowers are the ultimate Valentine’s Day surprises for your sweetheart, there are so many unique ways to declare your love.

Choosing a new gifting option can help make a lasting impact. This year, why not show how much you care by giving back?

Spread the Love – Remember those in your community who help on a daily basis. Write a special thank you valentine to your mail carrier, garbage man, bus driver or teacher.

Write Love Letters – Deliver handmade Valentine’s Day cards to nursing homes, homeless shelters, hospitals and churches, or send care packages to troops overseas.

Volunteer with your Valentine – Spend this holiday volunteering at your local animal shelter, mentor a child to make a difference in their life or give the gift of music to patients at a nearby hospital.

Bake with Love – Bake cookies and other sweet treats for a Valentine’s Day bake sale to raise money for a charitable organization or your favorite cause.

Shop Local – Support your community by choosing to shop with local merchants this Valentine’s Day. Browse mom-and-pop shops in your downtown business district for unique gifts.

Donate a Special Gift – Make a charitable donation in honor of your sweetheart. Support their favorite non-profit organization or charity with a special gift. Consider making a donation to Lakeside Chautauqua.

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