Valentine’s Day is a day when millions of people spread love to their significant other.
It may seem like a bit of a gimmick to a lot of people (I mean, shouldn’t we show love every day of the year?) But, no matter what you believe, it’s important to show compassion to everyone on Valentine’s Day.
On this day entirely dedicated to love, it’s important to not only recognise those nearest and dearest to you, but also those who are in need of a little tenderness.
Here’s a list of Valentine’s Day charities that really do spread the love to those who need it; and who want to spread joy all around the world, no matter the day of the year:
Donate Undies to those in need @ The Wayside Chapel
This Valentines Day, instead of buying your partner a new pair of sexy underwear, why not buy a pair of essentials for the people who are doing it tough on the streets?
Imagine having to go through life without a home, let alone without a fresh pair of undies. Any donation to The Wayside Chapel counts towards sending a pair of briefs to the people on the streets of Sydney.
As they say – “Nothing says I love you like a clean pair of undies”!
Gift a Swag to the Homeless @ Swags for Homeless
An organisation that is 100% funded by its donations, Swags for Homeless does exactly what its name suggests. A foundation founded by husband and wife, who also created the genius backpack bed. A life-changing product for any person turned away from a homeless shelter. The swags give them hope, dignity, shelter, and reduce the rate of hypothermia we frequently see occur in homeless people.
There is unfortunately no love on the streets. The least we can do is spread as much as possible to give those in need a nice place to rest their head.
Give a gift to desperate Children @ Save the Children
Valentine’s Day is not only about the love you share with your significant other, but with everyone you encounter.
Save the Children works tirelessly to ensure that the struggling children of our world have the right to a better future; to grow up healthy and safe.
Because really, all children deserve to be loved.
Give a book to a child this Valentine’s Day @ Room to Read
800 million people in the world are illiterate, and two-thirds are women and girls. The world is ⏤ and will be ⏤ a much safer place thanks to education, so this Valentine’s day why not give a book to a young girl. It could change her life forever.
Send flowers to people in Healthcare Facilities @ Random Acts of Flowers
Close to 198 million roses are bought on Valentine’s Day around the world. Flowers are an incredible way to spread love to those who mean the most to you, why not share the love with those you’ve never met too?
Random Acts of Flowers delivers recycled flowers to individuals in healthcare facilities across America, giving them a sense of encouragement, kindness and an overall improvement in emotional health.
This is not just one of those Valentine’s Day charities, it’s a lovely gesture for any time of the year. It’s always nice to know that someone is thinking of you when times are rough!
Help fight against poverty @ CARE Australia
Every gift on Care Australia is part of their poverty-fighting work. You can purchase anything from a bicycle for a health worker or community vegetable farm, all the way to a school backpack for a child in need.
All gifts go to people around the world who are desperately in need. Care Australia works all around the globe in a bid to defeat poverty and achieve social justice.
Donate to save the lives of mothers in the developing world @ Send Hope Not Flowers
If flowers really aren’t your thing, here’s a charity that will melt your heart. Every 2 minutes a woman dies from birth complications ⏤ but you can help by simply purchasing your valentines card through Send Hope Not Flowers. This online store allows you to personalise an online card for your loved one in replacement of a bunch of flowers. All money raised from donations goes directly towards making childbirth safe for all women in the majority world.
As the picture says above ⏤ “Flowers die. Women giving birth shouldn’t”
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the money to donate to any Valentine’s Day Charities, the most important thing is that you show compassion to everyone you encounter – you really never know how people are feeling when others are celebrating.
Remember and acknowledge that February 14th isn’t a joyous day for all, but we can make it a little better by simply spreading a little love.
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More power to you Kate. Another thoughtful post. Instead of turning every occasion into a mindless shopping spree, why not think beyond ourselves, which actually brings us more peace. Love the idea of Room to Read, I am passionate about giving opportunities to our future generations so that they can be better than us. Save the Children is doing amazing work, it is wonderful to get letters from the children I am sponsoring currently in Nepal and Vietnam. Keep spreading the message of love. Take care.
Thank you so much Binny. It really is so nice to hear such positive, encouraging words! I personally think it’s so important to give back to those in need throughout all times of the year, but especially on holidays like this where unnecessary amounts of money are given to those who already have so much. The world needs more generosity, and I hope that one day our future generations can grow up giving more than they take.
Thank you so much for reading, I really do appreciate it XX