Spread the Love with Random Acts of Kindness this Valentine’s
January 31, 2024
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Spread the Love with Random Acts of Kindness this Valentine's

Spread the Love this month with Random Acts of Kindness for a Valentine's Challenge! The whole month of February I challenge you to find ways to spread love to those around you. I've come up with a list of ideas for you, but feel free to add some of your own {and please let me know what they are so I can add them to the list too!}

Take a look and see if any of these ideas work for you, your children, or your family. Then get out there and Spread the Love!

Spread the Love Kindness challenge
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Spread the Love for Kids

Spread the love Valentine's Challenge for Kids

First of all you want the list for kid to do doable by kids. By themselves.

  • A: This makes your life easier
  • B: it gives them a sense of purpose and direction

Allowing kids to feel independent is amazing for building self esteem, as is doing serving for other people. So let's do this! Here are my 7 ideas that you can take and run with. Or create a page of your own. Either way you're giving your kids a chance to help people. And I applaud you!

  1. Leave a thank you note for your teacher or aide at school. Older kids might want to include a counsellor, librarian, bus driver, coach etc. Have them create a card of their own or see if any of my Teacher Appreciation cards catch your eye.
  2. Make a card or drawing for a friend of family member. Has anyone been sad, sick, or having a tough time lately? Is there a family birthday this month? Take a minute to help them feel loved by letting them know how much they mean to you!
  3. Thank EVERYONE that helps you or gives you anything for a whole day {maybe more} at school, the store, home, a restaurant, anywhere! This is a great way to strengthen your gratitude muscle and make people feel great at the same time. Who knows….you might just get so good at it that you'll say thank you to everyone ALL the time!
  4. Hold the door open for a stranger whenever you can. I love for my kids to notice the people around them and remember to look for opportunities to help. Holding the door for something with their hands full, or just because is another super easy way to share some love.
  5. Do a chore at home without being asked. As a mother, this one is definitely appreciated and absolutely shows you care!
  6. Hug everyone in your house before you go to bed and tell them how much you really love them. You may not always feel like saying “I love you” to that annoying little brother or sister, or that mean and grumpy older one. BUT think about how you would feel if you woke up and they were gone. I bet you'd miss them {eventually!} and are pretty happy you've got a family. If not, watch Home Alone together to help understand this lesson.
  7. Take fun Valentine's Cards to your class at school and make sure everyone gets seen by you. Do you know how important eye contact is? It's REALLY important. And it's also important that people know they're part of a group. That you know they exist. It can be really sad for a kid to feel like they are invisible. They may even act weird or naughty to get some attention, which actually makes people NOT want to hang out with them even more. A simple act of a smile and eye contact can help them know that they matter too. I've also got some printable Valentine cards available in my shop in lots of different styles if you're looking for ideas.

Download the list at the bottom of the post.

Spread the Love for the Family

Spread the Love Kindness challenge

Planning activities as a family is fun but can be tough to get everyone's schedules to align. If you need to, divide and conquer. Have each person vote on the one they'd most like to do and choose a night or weekend that works. These are items a child can't do on their own.

However, this is a great list for teens if you've got one of those rascals in the house. Print a list up for them and see what you can accomplish together, and what they want to tackle on their own.

  1. Make heart notes and “heart attack” someone’s front door. As you add the hearts, make sure you aren't using tape or anything that could harm a wood door. Perhaps tape in the sidelight windows is a better location! You can choose 1 or several individuals that could use a lift and make paper conversation hearts together as a family. Then get out there and give 'em a heart attack!
  2. Bake a treat and leave them at a neighbor’s house. Treats always seem to be welcome but fresh bread, or even produce from a garden or fruit tree is also wonderful. Be mindful of health conditions as well so you aren't taking a plate of cookies to a diabetic or apple fritters to someone with a heart condition. : ) You can always do my “healthy apple donuts” instead.
  3. Offer to walk a dog, mow a lawn, shovel snow, or pick up groceries for an elderly person in your neighborhood. This one may require a little more coordination but if the grownups in the family have ideas they can help get the kids pointed in the right direction. If not, ask that one neighbor who knows everything in the neighborhood and see what they say. {You all know who I'm talking about!}
  4. Clear out your pantry and put together a box of food to donate to the local food bank. This can be as easy as pulling any food that's expired, or close to expiration. Any foods your family doesn't seem to like as much as you thought they would when you bought the case of it at Costco. Or you can stock up on a few new items at the grocery store. As long as the food is commercially packaged, the Food Bank will take it.
  5. Make a care package for a child in a hospital or children's home. These are very specific and have to be brand new items still in the packages to make sure no germs are introduced to the hospital. There are lists of needs at Children's hospitals, or you can reach out to a local organization. Local Utah organizations include: the Ronald McDonald House, Primary Children's Hospital, and The Christmas Box House to name a very few of the biggest ones. I know there are organizations all over the country in need of your family's help.
  6. Go through your old clothing and toys, then make a donation to a local charity. This one take some effort but after you're done and the house feels uncluttered – it's totally worth it! Just make sure you're taking your donations to a thrift store that is not-for-profit. You can read about US Thrift Store Comparisons Non-Profit vs for Profit here.
  7. Create blessing bags for the homeless and hand them out as needed or drop them at a local shelter. This one takes the most out of pocket donation, depending on how many bags you make but it's a great one to do! You can read about the specifics on how to make hygiene kits here: What to do with Unused Hotel Toiletries {Hint, make hygiene kits!}. To make it a full blessing bag – you'll want to include some high protein food, water bottles, and a sterno burner to use for warming and cooking.

Download the list at the bottom of the post.

Spread the Love for Grown Ups

Spread the Love Valentine's Challenge for Kids, Family, and Grown ups

Some of these are great for the whole family as well, but might have an age limit {serving at a soup kitchen} or not be as exciting {charitable monetary donations} so are probably best done by a grown up. You can, of course, be accompanied by a helper. And I hope you are.

  1. Reach out to someone you’ve been thinking about and let them know it via text, phone call, or social media. This happens to me ALL the time. I wake up thinking about someone, or just in passing a random person will come to mind. Use these inspirations to reconnect, touch base, or just say hi. I know I always feel great when I'm on the receiving end of those messages.
  2. Make Valentine’s cards and send them to friends and family. They aren’t just for kids you know! I know this one takes time, and a stamp, then they need to be dropped off to the post office…..so yes, kind of annoying. BUT how sweet is it to receive a heartfelt letter or card from a loved one? Imagine being able to give other people that feeling? And you don't have to do lots, just choose 3 people and go from there.
  3. Invite someone new to dinner, to take a walk, or to your book club. Reach out and make them feel welcomed. This is very similar to the Kids list – make sure people feel seen by you. If there's someone you don't know yet in your neighborhood, school parents, church, work, etc. Take a minute to get to know them. It's sort of a first date, you don't have to become best friends, just help make them feel included and seen.
  4. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen or Food Bank to serve or sort food. This one has an age limit, although there is a limited “Family sort” night at the Utah Food Bank each Monday you can request. This is a BIG one for teens to be able to witness homelessness and/or food insecurity, and gain a whole lot of gratitude for what they've got in a very short session.
  5. Drop off a care package or dinner to someone you know is going through a rough time. Have you heard of “Boxes of Sunshine” – package up a cute box of yellow items and deliver a little sunshine to a friend. Or simply make an extra pan of whatever you're already having for dinner. Or just stop and give them a hug. It doesn't need to be complicated. They just need to know you care.
  6. Make a donation to a charity that’s important to you. I know this one isn't as fun and touchy feely. BUT it's a great way to support local projects as well as international ones. I'll give you a list of my favorite charities below, and I'd love to hear yours so I can add them to my list!
  7. Assemble pantry packs for your local school food pantry. If your school district doesn't have a food pantry do a search for a local Title 1 school and see if they accept food donations. We love putting together pantry packs for ours and you can read about what they require and how best to do it here: School Food Pantry Packs – Family Service Project
  8. BONUS: Create a positive affirmation you can see every morning reminding yourself how incredibly loved and wonderful you are. {Cuz you are!}

Favorite Charity Organizations

This is not an exhaustive list. It's a rather short list in comparison to all the good that is happening out there. These are just some organizations that are nationwide and are doing great things! If you want a big list you can get it at Charity Watch, and see how your favorite charity organization is graded.

All February Long – Valentine's Day Challenge

Bulk food donations for school food pantry - spread the love

These random acts of kindness will definitely help Spread the Love this Valentine's season. Are you in for the challenge!?

You can download up the Spread the Love Challenge check-lists here:

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