Give a Valentine to those in need this year and focus on community service rather than personal consumption. Here are a few options for making someone else's Valentine's Day just a little brighter.
Giving to Kids, Families and the Community $0
Be a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in need of a friend and support system. Be one of the YMCA's approximately 600,000 volunteers who help children and families through community service work. Be a part of a community organization that sends letters or packages to those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Help promote health and education as a volunteer for the United Way. The options to help are endless - it's just a matter of dedicating the time.
Volunteer at a Pet Shelter $0
Instead of buying a new pet for a loved one, donate your time to the many homeless pets in your area.
Deliver a Meal $0
Donate Blood $0
Definitely an unexpected date and well worth it. You might be helping save a life. Check givelife.org for regional blood drives in your area or take your date to the hospital.
Volunteer Your Skills
Volunteermatch.org is a great place to start if you aren't sure where to lend a hand. This organization matches your skill sets with volunteer and nonprofit opportunities across the nation.