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Voluntine's Day: A day of spreading love through volunteering

Kristen Campos was heart broken last Valentine's Day. This year, instead of spending the day with a significant other, she and a group of volunteers gave back.

AUSTIN, Texas — Instead of staying heartbroken, this Austinite organized a group of volunteers to spread some love to others.

Kristen Campos said Valentine's Day 2019 was one with heartbreak. This year, she worked to spread some love to the Austin area.

"My parents always said to get love, you got to give love," said Campos.

She decided to call her Feb. 14 "Voluntine's Day."

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"I just think that Valentine's Day shouldn't be so romanticized after last year," said Campos. "I think this is a good way to show love for everyone."

Campos and a group of volunteers packed up 500 meals and handed them out to the homeless.

"Each love lunch has a sandwich, a bag of chips, a bottle of water and it has a little chocolate heart in it too," said Campos.

The volunteers stopped first at the state-designated homeless campsite. Then, they headed to hand out meals at the ARCH.

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"Everybody should be able to do a little something whether it’s for the homeless, or for their cousin they haven’t talked to in a while or their sibling they don’t normally reach out to," said Campos. "Just to give love to everyone. Not just your significant other, not just your immediate family but I think everyone deserves a little 'I love you.'"

Campos said she hopes to organize this event again next year.

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