Monday, December 19, 2011

There's still time.

There's still time for you to make Christmas a little brighter for someone this year.  A wonderful way to do that is by being an angel.  I'm sure you've seen an "Angel Tree" during your shopping trips each holiday season...

...and, just like me, walked past without taking much notice.  It's not that we don't want to help.  Maybe you are like us and have your favorite charities that you donate to every year.  Or it's just that there are so many requests for help that you don't know which to choose, and wonder if it will really make a difference anyway.  Plus, it's so hard to choose.  I spent a lot of time this year looking at the cards on the trees before making my choices.   Some were for the usual toys...Transformers and Legos for boys, Dora and Barbie for girls.  But others made more of an impression on me.  Like the 11 year old girl whose tag said art supplies, or the 7 year old boy who was asking only for a pair of gloves.

So, if you can find the time today, and if you can find it in your heart, stop at that Angel Tree and look at the tags.  You may find one that touches you in a way that will make you want to spend a little extra this year on someone you don't know. It doesn't have to be much, $10 will go a long way in this situation.  Some of my earliest memories are of the wonderful holiday celebrations in our family.  There was a time when we didn't have a lot, but my parents always managed to give us "Christmas."

So, even if it's not a shiny new tricycle or rocking horse, I'm sure any small gift that you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Another idea is to make a donation to your local Humane Society.  Our furry friends could use a little help this time of year also.

Oh, and one more thing...consider sending out a Christmas Letter this year.  Not a full color, computer-printed letter.  I'm talking about a hand-written letter to someone who might not expect it.  Just to let them know that you think about them from time to time and that you are all right. If there's not time, surprise them with a phone call.  Who wouldn't be delighted with a call from an old friend or long lost relative?

Whatever you decide to do...act quickly...the hour is getting late.