Today is Valentine’s Day. You just KNOW that I’m going to tell you to spread the love to those in need! But seriously, why spend money on silly things. Use that money for a thoughtful gift for your loved one and support a cause. Here are some ideas:
FEED Love Bag — This sturdy and stylish red tote, made from organic cotton, makes a statement that can be heard around the world. For every FEED Love Bag purchased, 25 school meals are donated to the United Nations World Food Program’s School Feeding initiative, which provides meals to children in countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS. Find the bag at Barnes & Noble or order it online at barnesandnoble.com.
Easter Seals — Looking to go with the tried-and-true gift of flowers for Valentine’s Day? You can support Easter Seals by ordering arrangements from ProFlowers www.easter seals.com/flowers. For each purchase, $10 will benefit Easter Seals.
American Heart Association — Give a gift from the heart that benefits heart health, too. The Heart Wish Necklace or Love Makeup
Bag, along with other gifts and products, can be purchased at www.shopheart.org. Purchases help support the programs of the American Heart Association.
Move The Food — Many couples will enjoy special meals on Valentine’s Day, but what about those who will go to bed hungry? Donations at food pantries often decline sharply after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Consider contributing to Move The Food, or volunteer at a local food pantry or warehouse. Learn everything you need to know about donating or volunteering at www.movethefood.org.
Random Acts of Kindness — What better week to designate as Random Acts of Kindness Week (Wednesday through Feb. 19)? Do something nice for a stranger and encourage him or her to pay it forward. Find ideas, as well as bookmarks and cards to download, at www.random actsofkindness.org/RAK-Week.
Tree of Love – $75 Woodlands Restoration Sapling
As part of our continuous care of the Park, small saplings are planted in various natural areas each spring and fall. You can dedicate a sapling with a gift of $75. Your gift will be acknowledged with a special certificate, sent to you or the gift recipient. The sapling and its location will be selected by the Prospect Park Natural Resources Crew according to the needs of our forest restoration program. Note that due to the large scale of the planting projects, donors will not know the sapling’s location or species.
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