When you’re young, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day of silly cute things, small gift exchanges with family and friends, and enough candy to wire you for days.
As you get a little older, it becomes a day of potential shame and embarrassment if you send the wrong message and fret over whether or not to send the right one.
Valentine’s Day for adults is expensive. One-dollar packs of cartoony friendship notes don’t cut it anymore, and you’re assaulted with advertisements for champagne, chocolates and restaurants that require dressing up.
But this Valentine’s Day, you can do something nice for free.
That’s right, you can send a child at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital a cute, animal-themed or cartoon valentine for free. “You’re a llama fun Valentine,” “So very fawned of you Valentine” and the standard “Be mine” cards are all available.
All you have to do is hop onto their web page, enter your name, email and state, and select which valentine you’d like to give.
The cards will be handed out on Feb. 14, and the kids will be able to experience some of the day’s festivities that they would otherwise miss.
Other hospitals have similar programs, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For each of the first 25,000 free cards sent, Party City will donate a dollar to the hospital.
Boston Children’s Hospital has their own program and line of cards, featuring cute critters with messages like “I think you are purr-fect,” “Some bunny loves you” and “I ruff you.”
Arkansas Children’s is offering the opportunity to send cards to kids as well as donate new, wrapped art supplies so the kids can also make their own cards to exchange.
Riley Children’s Health has a year-round card program where you can send a card to someone you know who is currently at their hospital. Of course, if you know someone who is under the weather, you can always send them a card without the assistance of a hospital.
There’s no reason you can’t really get in the spirit and send multiple cards through all the participating hospitals. You could also consider surprising the people around you with little goodies, cards or acts of kindness.
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