By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor
Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as “the day of love and friendship.” It’s not just about remembering the one you love, but also remembering friends, family and co-workers who are important to you.
This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to give you some different ways in which you can remember and celebrate the friendship you created with your sponsored friend a world away.
• Send a special card
A great way to let your friend know you care is to send a special card. Sponsored friends love to get mail from their sponsors. It lets them know someone cares about them and is rooting for them to succeed.
It’s now easier than ever to send a Valentine’s message to your sponsored friend with our Valentine eLetter template!
Just log in to your account, select “Write an eLetter” and choose the template you’d like to use.
I love this new template. It makes the letter personal and the hearts are so cute! I’m going to write a special Valentine’s Day letter to my sponsored friend, Thilothammal, in Chennai, India.
If you would rather send a paper card through the mail, check out the Valentine’s Day card I made for my friend last year.
• Make some cookies
Last year, Americans spent $1.6 billion on Valentine’s Day candy. That’s a lot of chocolate!
This year, try a treat that is not only delicious but meaningful as well.
Lillian and Maria are sisters and mothers of sponsored children in Colombia. They took out a loan through their mothers group to start a cookie business. They sell the cookies to neighbors and local stores, which earns them income to help support their families.
The name of the cookies? Ricas Tentaciones, or Rich Temptations.
“We chose this name because our cookies are a temptation,” Lillian said. “When we make the cookies, we want to eat them!”
Get the recipe and make some extra special treats for your loved ones!
• Put up your friend’s photo at your workplace
A great way to remember your sponsored friend is to see your friend each day, but I’m not talking about visiting your friend’s country!
Bring your friend’s photo to work and proudly display it in your area. Think of it as a visual reminder of the incredible friendship you and your friend have created. And it’s also a great way to share Unbound with others.
Do you have any other ideas on how to remember your friend for Valentine’s Day? Share them in the comments below.