Love Gives

First off, let me start by wishing all my readers & subscribers, a very merry & beautiful, HAPPY belated Valentines Day!

There are 365 days in a year, but only one of those days is completely dedicated to love. Did you guys know that the very first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496? No? well, me neither until I googled it. LOL! But seriously, the story is that Valentine’s Day comes from a very old Roman festival called “Lupercalia” that took place in the middle of February. Funny enough, the Christian church got their hands on it, hijacked it and turned it into a celebration to remember St. Valentine. Ever since then we’ve had Valentine’s Day.

As a child, when Valentine’s Day came everyone always focused on the giving and receiving of flowers, candies, balloons and homemade (classroom made) Valentine’s Day cards. As I got older and began dating, Valentine’s Day turned into, “I wonder what I’m gonna get from so & so?” Now at this age, I’m kinda over the basic Valentine’s Day. I want to get more out of the day dedicated to love than chocolate. One day I realized, I don’t really like flowers and all the good restaurants were always too crowded on Valentine’s Day anyway, I’m over it.

I think it was late last year while donating some items to someone else’s holiday season homeless drive, that I came up with the idea to do one myself for Valentine’s day. It’s no secret that people are usually more willing to give around the holidays. I’m not sure why but I guess it’s just something about the holidays that make people soft. Anyone who knows me knows that I am always looking for ways to contribute, give back to and get involved with the community. What better way to show love on a day dedicated to love, than by giving to people in need.

While chatting with my boss at work one day, I mentioned that I wanted to have a Valentine’s Day drive for homeless people and she literally jumped at the idea. Not only did she offer to help out, but she also allowed me to use the salon name (Stamped Hair Solutions) and resources so that I didn’t have to take on this project by myself. My boss is so amazing. From there I made the flyer, my coworker Nesha got them printed out and we started telling all our clients, family and friends about it. (you’ve probably seen me post this flyer on my social media pages)

After weeks of telling our clients, posting on social media and collecting items, Valentine’s Day finally came and we began turning the donated items into small care packages.

Each package (pictured above) included items such as soap, bottled water, deodorant, pads, band-aids, socks, razors, wipes, lotion, and a few other things. In total, we were able to make and hand out around 35 packages (2 baskets full). We tried as best as we could to make gender-specific packages, but in the end, each package had a little bit of everything in them.

Once the packages were complete, we took to the streets of Huntsville to give out our care packages. The response was AMAZING!

I am personally not a fan of taking pictures of or recording myself doing things like this, so I don’t have any to share, but….you guys just have to believe me when I say that I enjoyed every second of it. Sometimes it’s easy to get comfortable and take the life that we have for granted. Sometimes we forget how blessed we are, regardless of the situations we may face. Seeing those simple things like soap, socks and water bring so much joy to the people we met, was not only heartwarming; also tear-jerking.

Consider this the next time you find yourself complaining about something that can probably be described as trivial. Take some time to contemplate on what you are grateful for. Focus on the positive and don’t forget to thank God for everything. I challenge you guys to join me in doing something good in your community. Whether it be a drive for the homeless, reading a book to students in a classroom or volunteering at some sort of shelter, just find a way to give back and let me know when you do.

Until next time babies!💕

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