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Top 4 Heartfelt and Charitable Gifts

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"From those to whom much is given, much shall be required," is a quote from the New Testament that was used by President John F. Kennedy.

Those words have special resonance on Valentine's Day. If you are loved and cared for, consider sharing your good fortune with those who can use a helping hand and a kind gesture.

The following may inspire you to widen your circle of giving this Valentine's Day.

1. Donate to V-Day

V-Day is a global movement that supports programs to educate and change social attitudes regarding violence against women. It grew out of playwright Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, which has now been produced at thousands of benefits around the world to help empower women in many different nations.

2. Join the American Heart Association

What could be more heartfelt than a donation to the American Heart Association this Valentine's Day? Membership money and gifts of direct donations go towards the organization's efforts to reduce death caused by cardiovascular disease.

3. Give Blood and Save Lives

Blood is usually in short supply in the winter months. Take an hour or so out of your day to donate this life-saving fluid. You can find a blood bank located near you on this site.

4. Adopt a Homeless Dog or Cat

Love comes in many forms, and sometimes it walks in on four paws. If you have friends or adult relatives who could use more love in their life, do this heartfelt deed: Escort them to the nearest animal shelter or guide them to search for a new love on Petfinder.com.
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