Serve to show your love

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Y Serve, a service organization on campus, gives students the chance to give back to the local community.

The Center of Service and Learning, also known as Y-Serve, will be hosting a Valentine’s Day service activity on Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in room 3280 of the Wilkinson Student Center..

Students who attend this event will have the opportunity to make Valentine’s Day cards and tie fleece blankets for individuals in need in the community.

Program director for the Freshmen Service Corps, Wade Farr, looks at this as a great opportunity for students, whether single, dating, in a relationship or married, to come celebrate Valentine’s Day and serve those in need.

“The weather just started warming up, but the weather can always switch back to being cold,” Farr said. “Individuals can always use a little extra warmth during the cold season.”

Farr also looks at this service activity as a great way for students to get outside their comfort zone and to learn what the true meaning of service is.

“It is a great way for people to get introduced to service and see the immediate positive impact their act of service will have on their community,” Farr said. “It is easy to see how a blanket can be used by a child or person to stay warm.”

The service activity not only provides a great opportunity to give back to the community but also provides the chance to meet new friends, take a special someone on a free and meaningful date and be around others who enjoy service.

“This activity makes a great atmosphere for existing relationships and possible future relationships, whether it is just friends or more,” Farr said. “If you are married, it’s a different and fun activity that both people can enjoy. Maybe you can learn to make a fleece blanket and make one later for your home.”

Farr also pointed out that couples don’t need to spend money to have an amazing date and that service dates are a great way of getting to know someone without burning a hole in your pocket.

“With dating couples, what a great and affordable date,” Farr said. “The price is nonexistent, and both people can have fun while tying a blanket. And of course, for the single individuals, come have fun. You can make new friends, possibly make someone a little more than a friend, and even better, it could turn into an unofficial date.”

Service Dates, which is a program within the Center Service for Learning at BYU, helps students incorporate service into their dating lives. The program holds monthly service date activities and encourages students to bring a date, friend or spouse to any of the activities. To learn more about Service Dates, visit the Center for Service and Learning website.  

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