Love is the answer: Share it with others who need it this Valentine's Day

Words to Live By love is the answer

Treats for the kids, check.

Flowers ordered, check.

Babysitter reserved, check.

Dinner-and-a-movie date planned, check.

Sounds like you’re all ready for the Day of Love. But have you added sharing good vibes with someone who needs them to that list? If not, there’s still time.

Valentine’s Day is most definitely about showing your loved ones how much you care about them. There are so many people out there, however, who won’t have the opportunity to receive that kind of affection. Whether they’re ill, alone, or struggling with a crisis in their lives, there are others we can lift up on Valentine’s Day — and there are plenty of ways to do it.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

You may have seen us talking about this one on our Friyay Feelings broadcast on Facebook. It’s such a neat program! Just go to this page on the Cincinnati Children’s website, and fill out a short form to send a Valentine to a child who is admitted there. These children are missing out on Valentine’s Day parties or dances at school, and quality time with their families at home, because they’re battling an illness or condition. Valentine’s cards are distributed throughout the hospital and are guaranteed to brighten a child’s day.

Hearts for Humanity donations

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster across the world. Through their Hearts for Humanity program, you can make donations that provide warm blankets and safe transportation to displaced families, provide a year of school to girls in other countries who are denied education, or send a teddy bear and creativity kit to children who are caught in crisis.

American Heart Association

February isn’t just the love month — it’s also American Heart Month. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to make a donation that could aid in heart disease prevention. Someone dies from heart disease, stroke or another cardiovascular disease every 43 seconds in the United States. That is an incredible statistic. Donations to the American Heart Association help fund research for new treatments, provide programs for survivors and their families and enhance awareness initiatives for this daunting health problem in our country. Love your heart and someone else’s by supporting this important organization.

Whatever you choose, make sure you’re sharing some love to someone who needs it this Valentine’s Day. And enjoy this time with your people, too! Love is, after all, the answer.

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