COVID-19 and social anxiety have challenged our bonds as neighbors, forcing us to find new ways to connect and care for one another. That is why during these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to celebrate all types of love. Whether you plan to use this Valentine’s Day to give a little more effort than usual towards self-love, community love, familial love, friendly love, or romantic love, St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles wants to help.
As a nonprofit organization that serves the community through works of charity (an active love), we know how to express meaningfulness, compassion, and care without relying on expensive showcasing. Here are ways you can use this Valentine’s Day to give a little extra love to those who might need it, including you!
Valentine’s Solo-Dinner Date
Small restaurants have been struggling since the onset of COVID-19, so show some support by ordering in! Pause that New Year’s Resolution of eating healthy and indulge in your favorite meal, whatever it may be. (Don’t know where to order? Here’s a list of local dining spots in Los Angeles!)
Make sure to remove your takeout from the plastic packaging and replate it on that dinnerware that is reserved for special occasions. If you want to go the extra mile, purchase inexpensive plates and bowls from our thrift stores in Los Angeles and Long Beach to make your meal feel even more special and out of the ordinary.
Once you are done with your meal, put off washing the dishes until the next day, and dive right into relaxation mode by bringing the spa to you. DIY reusable sheet maks are an easy and fun way to do self-care. With cotton fabric and your go-to skincare ingredients, this mini DIY project is cheaper than the spa and better for the planet than disposable masks! If you don’t have extra cotton fabric at home, visit our thrift stores to find some for less than $1!
Finally, plop yourself down on a comfy surface and put on your favorite movie or prop up a good book knowing your belly is full, your face is clean, and you are loved.
Valentine’s Hikes for Nature Lovers
Believe it or not, Southern California known for its bustling cities and urban life has countless serene hiking trails perfect for any couple looking to do something intimate and special without spending any money or risking spreading COVID-19.
No matter if you are a couple looking for a stroll or a couple who thrives off of adventure, Southern California has a hike for you. St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles has compiled a mini list of hikes that you and your partner might enjoy.
- Sara Wan Trail. 2.5 Miles
- “A 2.5-mile-long trail climbs through pristine wilderness to the Puerco Canyon watershed divide and provides spectacular ocean and mountain views.”
- Tuna Canyon Trails. 3.8 Miles
- “Excellent trail. Everyone was polite and wore masks while passing each other. Beautiful views.”
- Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon Camp via Gabrelino Trail. 8.5 Miles
- “This is a beautiful hike – it starts paved and calm with a nice little stream running through it, but soon switches to an off the beaten path adventure.”
Make sure to pack the necessities before you head out! Appropriate hiking shoes, jackets, hats, sunblock, plenty of water, and snacks are a must. Visit our thrift stores if you’re missing anything!
Community Care Fundraisers
Share the love with those who may need it the most. Proving a meal to your elderly neighbor or generously tipping your delivery driver is a great way to show people that we care. Individual acts of kindness go a long way, but also consider a financial contribution to a local organization that can help your kindness go even farther. St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles has been serving those experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1908, and we always need and appreciate a helping hand.
With a financial donation, we can continue helping those in need with medical expenses, rental assistance, food insecurity, transitional shelter, resource guidance, and almost anything that is asked of us.
Need ideas for fun fundraisers? Try hosting a virtual walk-a-thon or selling some of your famous baked goods! Hosting a virtual talent show or open mic fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds go to a cause near and dear to your heart is a fantastic way to bring people together (virtually) to support our community.
Donations to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles can be made here.
Family & Friends (Virtual) Game Night
Get a good laugh with your loved ones by hosting a Valentine’s Day Virtual Game Night! This is a great way to surround yourself with the people you love the most, and that is a comfort we all need these days. The best part is that you can include family and friends who might live far away and who might not have been able to participate if the event were held in person!
Here is a link to a few game options for those interested in a little healthy competition.