Students relaxed with therapy dogs and made valentines for patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center on Friday in the Campus Commons.

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Forget flowers and candy hearts.

TCU students celebrated Valentine’s Day this year by giving back to the community.

Students relaxed with therapy dogs and made valentines for the patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center on Friday in the Campus Commons.

Cortney Gumbleton, outreach coordinator for the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center, said she planned Canines and Kisses to ease students’ stress and give them an opportunity to help others.

“I just thought because we’re giving it’d be nice to see them give too,” Gumbleton said.

To plan the event, the Counseling and Mental Health Center partnered with Student Development Services as well as Delta Hearts of Gold.

Through the partnership with Student Development Services, the event also became part of the Frog It Forward initiative, which is aimed at creating a campus culture of giving back.

Rachael Capua, assistant director of sophomore and junior year experience and staff support for Frog It Forward, said she saw the event as a perfect fit for the program.

“It was a way for us to encourage connections between students there at the event and give back to the greater Fort Worth community,” Capua said.

The valentines were delivered to Cook Children’s Medical Center directly after the event. They will be given to patients with breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Valentine’s Day.

Sydney Wood, a sophomore entrepreneurial management major and Frog It Forward organizations liaison, said she loved the event because it was such an easy way for students to do something for someone else.

“A lot of times, people don’t do something like this because they think it’s going to take a lot of time,” Wood said. “It’s such a good thing because it’s really simple, and doing one thing for someone else puts the idea in someone else’s mind.”