How’s it works. We create hundreds of Valentine Packs available for the people of our church to take as they leave after the Sunday service before Valentine’s Day.
This year we are also preparing red roses, and vases. We order in advance from a local florist, and vases from Dollar Tree. (Dollar Tree will ship the vases to a Dollar Tree near your area.)
We serve our teachers by taking a special display of kindness, with chocolate, balloons, and other items to the school staff rooms in all of our local schools, and the school office in Tipp City.
We deliver to the schools early Valentine’s Day morning. We give the office staff a special rose vase for their office. The office staff take the other items to the school staff rooms. One year we purchased special Valentine cup-cakes.
Teachers need our appreciation. The outreach helps us build bridges with the schools, and also encourages the staff in a practical way.
We will also create kindness gifts for Tipp City Community Offices, the Police, Banks, and the Fire department.
Here’s how we set up Kindness-to-go the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, and the optional outreach .
Our teens pack a few Hershey Kisses into small zip lock bags with our special “Hugs, everyone needs one!” connect cards. They usually pack the Sunday before Valentine’s Day (see samples below.)
We also create simple instruction sheets to help guide our people the week of the the outreach.
We also have rose bud vases prepped on the Saturday before the Sunday the weekend before Valentine’s available on tables to pick up.
The tables are located at our exit with black table cloths and balloons to create a fun vibe.
People pick up several of the bags of Kisses, and a few rose vases as they leave the weekend service. They take the Kisses, and/or the Rose Vases to friends, families, stores, and drive through food places.
Bolder people have the freedom to ask, “How can I pray for you today?” As they pray… they often hear His whisper about the person and speak words of encouragement.
What’s in a gift of a small flower and a pack of kisses?
I think serving others in a fun creative way sends an upbeat message to the people in our stressed-out world. Serving others is a small action that sends a signal that says, ‘Hey, someone cares for you.’ The action performed with genuine love somehow touches the heart.
My friend Scott, says, ‘Agape love revealed… means my love is demonstrated as I serve others through the choices I make, and by the actions I take.’
Process for Valentine’s Outreach:
- 4 weeks out: have connect cards printed (www.vistaprint.com)
- 4 weeks out: order Hershey Kisses.
- 4 weeks out: order 4”X4” zip bags.
- 4 weeks out: order boxes of Carnations or Roses for pick up.
- 2 weeks out: have kids, teens, or a team pack the bags.
- The weekend before Valentine’s Day: have packs and rose vases prepped and placed on tables at all exits.
Optional Valentine Outreach Saturday before Valentine’s Day
- 3 weeks out. Advertise the outreach for church, order flowers, purchase Hershey Kisses, and zip bags.
- 3 days out: pick up pre-ordered flowers, cut stems, and place them in buckets of water so they will be open on the day.
- 3 days out: design maps with instructions and contact phone numbers.
- 3 days out: 3 days out: gather Kiss packs and place in larger bags or containers for transport.
On the day.
- Gather at 10am.
- Give Instructions then divide up into teams. Also, encourage people be open to God’s leading and offer pray with people. Go to shops; go to check out or customer service desks ask, “How many ladies are working today?” Count out Kisses packs and flowers give to workers, Say, ‘We’re from the (name of Church) and you’ve just been kissed or hugged today!”
- Load up, and head out.
After the project go to a coffee shop or return to base for download,