Make the holidays a little brighter

On a positive note...

Got your Christmas shopping done? Did you take advantage of Black Friday or Small Business Saturday deals? Hopefully, everyone will be sure to do some of their shopping right here in Webster City.

I have yet to do one iota of Christmas shopping. I can’t abide the crowds on Black Friday (or getting up so early to be first in line). But this weekend, I plan to stop in some of the local shops. If I want to give something special, personal and unique, then I’m going to visit the local merchants. They take the time to help you find just that right gift. You don’t find that in the big box stores or if you shop online. And there’s something that just feels right about being able to actually see the gift item, check it out for size and color. To me, that’s part of the joy of Christmas shopping.

I added a couple little kiddos to my Christmas list this year. In addition to the immediate family, the grandkids and inlaws, I claimed two of the tags from the Angel Tree at the Webster Theater. The HERO Board is managing the program again this year. It’s easy to help out – just select a tag (or two or three) from the tree and then log the code numbers in the registry sitting next to the tree.

HERO board members said they would like to have the unwrapped gifts dropped off by Saturday. So there’s still a few days for people to step up and help make a child’s Christmas a little brighter. Judging by the number of tags still left on the tree as of Tuesday night, the need is great again this year.

I would challenge all of my colleagues and friends to take a minute to choose a tag from the tree. You may not be able to see the youngster’s face when he or she opens the gifts on Christmas morning, but think of the joy that a toy or a book or a warm sweater will bring to a Hamilton County child.

Why not be an angel and help out?