Remember those in need this holiday season

A little kindness goes a long way

Thanksgiving is upon us, and soon the Christmas season will be here. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom these holidays are just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness and hopelessness. Some are going through a hard time financially; others are far away from family. Some are isolated or homebound without anyone to check on them.

We may not all have had that experience, but we can all help those who are suffering this Christmas season. Here are some ways you can bring the joy of the season to others:

• Shop local and #shopsmall for holiday shopping needs to help support area businesses. Support area merchants on Small Business Saturday

• Take an angel from the Angel Tree at the Webster Theater. Many children and their families have registered through Upper Des Moines Opportunity and could use your help to make their Christmas just a little brighter. Each angel has a list of sizes, age, sex and wish lists for a child in need. The HERO board is working with the Webster City Rotary Club to assemble and pass out the gifts in December.

• Make a donation of food items or cash to UDMO or one of the other area food pantries so that an area family can have a food at their table this holiday season.

• Smile. No matter how stressed out you are, no matter how bad the traffic is, no matter how bad a day you’re having, make an effort to smile at everyone you might meet. Odds are, they’ll smile back and you’ll feel like life is just a little better, and so will they. A little kindness goes a long way.

Let’s all take time to think about others and make the upcoming season a joyous one for everyone.


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