Bring some cheer to people who’ve lived—and loved—the longest. Children and seniors alike will cherish this nursing home outreach idea for Valentine’s Day.
This is a fun, meaningful way to express love for homebound people and nursing home residents. Plus, kids can express their creativity and build confidence by interacting with seniors.
Scripture: James 1:27
- card stock
Nursing Home Outreach Idea
Find a retirement home in your community. Then schedule a time around Valentine’s Day when your kids can visit and perform. Let the facility representative know that this performance is especially for residents who have lost a spouse.
Meet with kids beforehand to prepare. Say: Valentine’s Day celebrates love and romance. But it can be a difficult day for people who are single, especially if their husband or wife has died.
Read aloud James 1:27.
For this nursing home outreach idea, give kids card stock, markers, and stickers. Then have them make cards for widows and widowers in the retirement home.
Next, learn and practice a song about God’s love. Prepare to sing to your valentine recipients. For example, you might sing “Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” or “Behold What Manner of Love.”
Purchase carnations. Then deliver a flower and card to widows and widowers on Valentine’s Day at the nursing home. Serenade them with the song you learned.
Have kids show love by interviewing recipients, using these questions as a guide: