We are entering what truly has become the season to give. Thanksgiving arrives in two weeks and the Christmas season follows right behind.
Actually, Thanksgiving and Christmas are being celebrated simultaneously if you pay attention to ads for many national retailers this year. But that's a subject for a later time.
We want to address the need among everyone in our community to get into the spirit of giving. There are lots of ways to participate in any of the local programs such as Secret Santa, Toys for Children, the Christmas Zoo, Operation Christmas Child, the Salvation Army's Angel Tree and Red Kettle drive, to name a few.
But you don't have to even participate in an organized program to demonstrate the Christmas spirit.
Do a good deed, for example. Shovel a driveway or sidewalk when it snows. Check on an elderly friend, neighbor or church member; sometimes a few minutes of visiting can really brighten a person's day. Sometimes, just a phone call can lift the spirits of a lonely person.
So, while we urge you to take the time and effort to get involved in a holiday season charity, we also encourage everyone to think of those little things that can be so appreciated.
And we're sure you'll find a few good deeds will make your holiday a merrier time.