I’m a romantic at heart and by profession. After all, I do write about romance. February is my favorite time of year.

Saint Valentine, for whom the day is named, was a real priest. He went to prison because he performed Christian marriages when the Roman Empire had outlawed the sacrament. While imprisoned, he cut hearts from parchment and gave them to the soldiers and persecuted Christians to “remind them of God’s love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians.”

His deed began our custom of sharing cards and gifts of love on February 14.

Unlike Christmas where gifting can become expensive, sending a valentine card can a fun, simple, and inexpensive way to say I love you or I’m thinking about you. You can use your imagination to create cute, adorable, beautiful, special, romantic, charming, or even corny homemade cards.

As we approach this Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget the men and women who serve our country.

The web is loaded with Valentines for Vets classroom projects ideas. I’m not a teacher, but that won’t stop me from sending cards to our local veteran’s center.

Won’t you join me?

Valentines of all shapes, sizes, and colors are welcome. I find greeting-card size valentines are easiest to package and distribute.

Just keep these tips in mind as you create your cards:

  1. Sign your valentine with your first name only. Do not include your last name, phone number, or address
  2. Share a little about yourself. Students usually share their age, school, likes, etc.
  3. Do not include candy or chocolate with the valentines
  4. Avoid glitter or materials that might easily break off if you send a homemade card
  5. Don’t date the card with the year
  6. Most importantly, tell the vet why you appreciate them. Need ideas on what to say? Try this site.
  7. If you send more than one valentine, don’t seal individual valentines envelopes. Instead, place unsealed cards in one larger sealed envelope to mail or deliver your valentines in.

You can go through national organization websites or simply your drop cards off at a local veteran’s facility. Click here to find a veterans’ center near you.

Let’s share valentine love with a veteran this year.