Valentine’s Day sometimes get short-changed at our house because it’s also my oldest daughter’s birthday. This year I’m working on making the day a little more special for my kids and focusing on what we can do to make the day special for others as well, so I thought I’d share a couple of ideas for the Love, Sweet Love edition of WFMW.
One group of people that often gets left out of all the Valentine’s hoopla is senior citizens. Last year for Valentine’s Day, our church presented each of the widow ladies in attendance with a beautiful single red rose that had a poem attached to it. Several of the ladies had tears in their eyes. I’m sure they really miss their husbands on Valentine’s Day! This year our family will be going to a local nursing home on Valentine’s Day. The children will sing songs and deliver hand-made Valentines. We don’t take sweet treats, as many seniors have restricted diets, but the residents sure do appreciate a little card and a smile from a young person.
Can’t think of an inexpensive gift for an older friend or neighbor? We made some envelopes out of white paper and placed a few individually wrapped tea bags inside. For those who like candles, you could place a scented votive in the envelope.
Now matter how old someone is, they always appreciate a visit, a smile, a kind word, and a little something that says, “I care about you!”
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You are so good to remember the seniors on Valentine’s day. Our kids used to visit the nursing home regularly on holidays. One year they put heart stickers all over little tissue packages and handed those out. Thoughtful and useful!
What a sweet and caring way to celebrate the holiday of love. And you all are really going to make some elders happy. I need to do something like this with my kids, too. Thanks for sharing. I love it. Have a great day!
That is a wonderful idea! It’s something I’d love to do with my daughter. Thanks for sharing.
What a fun day to have a birthday :)! And those are lovely ideas too. Our home is between the home of an elderly man on one side and an older couple on the other. We’ll have to borrow your ideas to bless them, they have been such blessings to us :).
Lady Why says
What a sweet idea!! Thank you for the inspiration!
That is so awesome that you would think of the elderly people on Valentine’s Day. I can think of a few specific women from church I would love to share a Valentine with. Thank you for being so thoughtful and posting!
Nikki ALL OUT Valentine’s Day
Amy Jane says
Thank you so much. This is such a precious bunch of people to remember.
This is an awesome idea! Our seniors are so often forgotten and neglected and this is a way to include them and show our love for them.
You are spectacular for getting your kids involved with the elderly! That’s one of the issues I hold nearest to my heart. I always love to see kids appreciate their elders and to include them in holidays. Awesome ideas! Happy Valentine’s Day! =)
Barbara H. says
A great way to minister to some of the forgotten members of society — thank you!
BTW — would you mind sharing the poem that was with the roses?
Our homeschool group we were in a few years ago used to go to the adult day care in a nearby town and we would meet in a large room where the children would split up and play games like checkers and UNO with the elderly people. We would sing songs for them and do the homemade valentines. There were tears in their eyes when we would leave. It was always a blessing to be a blessing to those people.
What a great way to celebrate love in a way that’s not just romantic. I bet the residents at the senior center love it!!