Secret Senior Valentine Bags

Secret Senior Valentine Bags offer a loving and thoughtful gift of essential toiletries, warm weather items and a few personalized touches to independent-living seniors within the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area.

This project began as an off-shoot to the Community Thanksgiving Feast back in 2009. What began as a simple way to distribute remaining items from our Community Thanksgiving Feast has grown into a wonderful stand-alone project.  Each year, independent-living seniors are identified through collaborative efforts of law enforcement, senior communities, senior activity centers and home health organizations. This broad-reaching project has gifted those in Richmond as well as counties such as Chesterfield, Charles City, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, and the Cities of Ashland and Richmond.

Volunteers have enjoyed not only collecting items of need, but in the creation and delivering of the our Surprise Valentine Bags.

Completed Bags - General Information

1.  Each created bag should include a detachable label to identify it for male, female or unisex recipients.  To keep everything simple this year, we are not creating any “personalized” bags, so feel free to create what you desire.

2.  We encourage a minimum of 4-6 items per recipient.  Unable to create bags this year?  Please visit to make a monetary donation. 

3.  SPECIAL NEED:  We'd love a donation of 2021 calendars!  Call our office at 749-4726 or email The Giving Heart if you have donations to send our way.

Suggested Items - Please feel free to create your own bags or browse through this list for items that we know are enjoyed by many of the recipients.








Hand Sanitizer

Chap Stick


Band Aids/First Aid Kit


2021 Calendar

Lighted Keychain

Gift cards (grocery, fast food, etc.)





Lap Blanket


Nail Clippers

Adult Coloring Book

Colored Pencils

Crossword or Activity Book


Current Magazine

Forever Stamps

Candy (regular or diabetic)

 Snacks or nonperishable food items