Gifts, Parties – there are a few more things you can do on February 14

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“It is everyone’s third favourite day of the Year. After birthdays and Christmas day, Valentine’s Day is one of those days you could rightly wish for more than 24 hours.”

Said nobody.

What does that even mean? It is absurd enough to wish for more than 24 hours in a day when we spend nearly all of our daily time doing nothing other than eating and surfing. Every single day that comes before or after valentine is a favorite day. You’d be amazed the plans the dead of yesterday had for today.

But let’s not spoil the fun, right? It’s a pretty special day for doing something unique, different from the usual. Despite the searing pangs of the recession, guys will get new red gowns for the girls and the girls will return the favour with gorgeous perfumes. You can still  make an impression to the special ‘him’ or ‘her’ and turn what should be a boring work Tuesday to a memorable one.

With making memories in mind, it should not be a full celebration of love if those in most need of it do not get to partake. It is already a norm for some persons that the joy and affection of Valentine is made to reach as many on the lower segments of our society. In the economic climate of 2017, this should not change.

From providing more aid to the IDPs to showing solidarity to some members of the Police and essential duties community, we can make this day one that can provide a sorely needed reassurance of togetherness. Someone somewhere needs to know that they are not in this recession alone.

What can you do?

The best choice for a Valentine outreach should be the one that easily comes to you. Wherever you may be in Nigeria, there are poor and needy people. While Lagos – Africa’s so-called big apple – is the city with the richest collection of persons in Africa, it also contains the congregation of the most stricken by a lack of predictable means of survival. As beautiful and free as it is for all, not every Lagosian has time to jog on the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge. It won’t be difficult to find people to reach out to.

But should it prove uneasy, there are some campaigns on social media to which you can key into. From providing more aid to the IDPs or showing solidarity to some members of the Police and essential duties community, we can make this day one that can provide a sorely needed reassurance of togetherness. Someone somewhere needs to know that they are not in this recession alone.

A ready-made good alternative would be to volunteer as a blood donor at any station of the Nigeria Blood Transfusion Service near you. I did this in 2014 and it remains one of the few good things I have ever done that brings joy.

What would you do for Val?

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