Valentines Day Kindness Project

Valentine’s Day is coming up, a day about sharing love with your family and friends.  This year, we want to also help our kids learn more about giving back and sharing kindness with our community by sending love to sick patients at our local hospitals. We are asking the families in our community to get together and make a few more Valentine’s Day Cards for these sick patients.  

This is a project you can do with your family, friends, school, Girl/Boy Scout Troop and more!

  1. Parents – please pre-register here, so we can have an estimate on cards coming in.
  2. Pull together any arts & crafts supplies like construction paper, markers, crayons, stickers, stamps, etc.
  3. You can do this project with a group of friends, in a class room, with girl scouts/boy scouts, a sports team, or at home with family.
  4. Let kids get creative.
  5. Include your child’s first name and age on the card
    IMPORTANT: Greetings should be general good wishes applicable to a diverse patient population. No religious or sectarian references. Please do not mention get-well phrases. Good examples: “Best Wishes” “Thinking of you today.” “Sending sunny wishes your way”. “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
  6. Cards don’t need to be in envelopes, but if they are, please leave them unsealed.
  7. While doing this project, have a conversation about what it means to give back and share kindness.  Here are some examples of conversation starters from Abby Withee, MFT, www.thatthingisaidinsession.com
    • We’re making these cards for people in the hospital who are sick.
      • How do you think it will make them feel to get a special card when they don’t feel well?
      • What would make you feel happy if you weren’t feeling well?
      • How does it make you feel to know they will feel happy/smile/etc because of the cards you made?
    • What else can we do to be kind and spread happiness?
    • Talk to your kids about bucket fillers. We all have a bucket inside of us and kind acts fill up our bucket with good feelings. We can fill our buckets by doing good things for others as well as receiving.
    • Parents, check out this post: Growing Your Heart With Gratitude by Abby Withee, MFT
  8. Deliver your cards to one of the listed South Bay Businesses listed below.

Although we appear so connected through social media, the kind of meaningful connection we need as human beings has diminished greatly in today’s world. Research by Kristin Neff and others shows that the key to happiness is self-compassion, and self compassion comes from a combination of mindfulness and connectedness.  We need to feel connected to know we are not alone and others experience the same ups and downs that we do. So how do we increase connectedness for ourselves and our children?  Acts of kindness are a great way to start and easy for kids to understand and join in on. Doing something for another without expecting something in return is a valuable lesson for children and opens up the opportunity for conversations about gratitude, helping, and other family values you may have.  In addition, an act of kindness can give us an endorphin, the”feel good” neurotransmitters, greater than getting something. That can make kindness habit forming!” – Abby Withee, MFT, www.thatthingisaidinsession.com

Click here to pre-register


Save the dates!  We are putting some fun card making events together and hope you can join us!  More details coming soon!

Art supplies generously donated by  Sylvan Learning of Hermosa Beach

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4p-6p
Manhattan Village
3200 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11a-1p –
South Bay Galleria – Food Court – Level 3
1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, Redondo Beach

We’ve also partnered with local businesses in the South Bay to help us do this project.  Once you are done creating the cards, you can drop them off at any of this businesses below. During normal business hours.  All cards must be received by Sunday, Feb 9, 2020. More businesses to be added soon!

El Segundo

Plaza El Segundo in the Works Section
710 S Allied Way A, El Segundo, CA 90245
(Near Barry’s and YogaWorks!)

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Village Shopping Center
3200 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Drop cards at the Concierge desk located in front of the Apple Store

Bayview Pediatric Dental Group
500 S.Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 301, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Corner of Keats and Sepulveda, right above Alyce’s Art Studio

Hermosa Beach

Haute LA
1200 Pacific Coast HWY, Hermosa Beach, Ca 90254
Next to fusion sushi 

Sylvan Learning of Hermosa Beach
1137 Aviation Blvd, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Corner of Prospect & Aviation by Big Lots, Hermosa School of Dance & Music, Spumoni, & 9Round… next to Barsha

Redondo Beach

South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, Redondo Beach
Guest Services Booth (Level 1 near California Pizza Kitchen)

312 S Catalina Ave Redondo Beach,  CA 90277

Torrance

AR Workshop Torrance

24046 Vista Montana (at PCH and Anza)
near TNT Aloha BBQ

The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach

1230 Cravens Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501

Leave cards in the box in the lobby or put them in the mail slot after hours.
Lobby hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lomita

TBA

Cards will be delivered to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Torrance Memorial Medical Center