“Agape love revealed… means my love is demonstrated as I serve others through the choices I make, and by the actions I take.”
How’s it works.
We prepare hundreds of Valentine Packs available for Kindness To Go.
The Saturday before Valentine’s Day we head out into our community to serve, love and share the good news.
Every year we focus on teachers. So we make their day on Valentine’s Day by delivering special Dark Chocolate, and Hershey Kisses to the school staff rooms early on Valentine’s Day.
One year we purchased special cup-cakes. Teachers need appreciation and the outreach helps us build bridges with the schools and also meets a need in a practical way.
Here’s how we set up Kindness-to-go the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.
We pack hundreds of packs. A special connect card goes into each pack along with three Hershey Kisses and a red foil chocolate heart. We also have instruction sheets to help guide the outreach.
The tables are located at all exits, red or black table cloths and fun balloons create a fun vibe.
Our teens help pack thousands of Hershey Kisses into small zip lock bags with our special “Hugs! Everyone needs one!” connect card. People grab several of the bags and roses as they leave the weekend services to show love to the people of our community during the week.
*During the week our teens help pack the kisses it spreads the DNA of kindness to all ages.
On the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, we head out to stores near the church. We take the packs of kisses and sleeves of roses. We pop into the businesses and head to the customer service desk and ask, ‘How many ladies are working today?’
We then count out the roses and Hershey Kiss packs…and say, ‘We are from (the name of the church) “Everyone needs a hug!”
Usually, some of the other assistants are around and join in the exchange. Often, a male worker will ask for a rose for his girlfriend or wife. Some guys say, ‘Thanks for the reminder.’
Most people are open, curious, laugh and catch the vibe. One group went to a high-end Spa/Hair place, all of the working ladies gathered to receive their rose. ‘Who are you guys? Others exclaim, ‘This is so cool.’ Or sigh, ‘This will be my only present today.’
One of the team noticed one of the ladies getting her hair cut didn’t receive a rose. So, being the sensitive, thinking person she is, made an extra special effort to find another team, grab a rose and run back to the shop…when she gave the lady the flower, the surprised and delighted lady exclaimed, ‘You’ve just made my day! Thank you!
What’s in a gift of a rose and a pack of kisses?
I believe serving others in a fun, creative way sends an upbeat message to the people in our stressed-out world. Serving others often is a small action that sends a signal that says, ‘Hey, you matter! We care for you.’Our action performed with genuine love somehow touches the heart.
My friend Scott Sliver, 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
4 weeks out: order Hershey Kisses (SNACC foods Cincinnati)
4 weeks out: order 4”X4” zip bags.
4 weeks out: order roses for pick up
2 weeks out: have kids, teens or a team pack the bags
Weekend of outreach: have packs placed at all exits
Valentine Outreach Saturday before Valentine’s Day
1 day out: pick up roses, cut stems and place 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: make name tags 3 days out: gather Kiss packs and place in larger bags or containers for transport.
Saturday the Outreach Day before Valentine’s Day…
Gather at 10am
Give Instructions then divide up into teams. Load up and head out. Also, be open to God’s leading and offer prayer with people. Go to stores, go to check out or customer service, ask, “How many ladies are working today, count out Kisses packs and roses, give to workers, Say, We’re from the (name of Church) and Everyone needs a Hug! We are hugging you today!”
After the project return to base for feedback and sharing stories.