Do what you can to help make holidays brighter for others

It’s at this time of year that we usually hear about well-to-do folks wishing to spread holiday cheer by paying off all the layaway bills at retail establishments (oftentimes anonymously as one person in suburban Philadelphia just did) or other similar grand expenditures aimed at helping those without abundant wealth.

For those who have the means to do so, that’s a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of people whose budgets may be stretched too tightly.

But you don’t have to be wealthy to make a big difference.

Ever see those Toys For Tots collection bins? Those toys go directly to children who may not get anything else for Christmas. For a few dollars, you can make a profound difference in the life of a child.

How about when you come out of a store during the month of December and see someone ringing a bell while standing by a red kettle? Big donations are obviously welcome, but by hundreds of people just putting in their pocket change, the money really adds up. It goes to the Salvation Army to help those who need it the most.

Even if you don’t have money, many of us have things we no longer need. Donating them to a worthy cause can give others a chance to have something they may not otherwise be able to afford.

Time is also valuable. Volunteering is always a way to help make the season brighter for someone else.

Yes, Christmas is a time when life can get pretty hectic and it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

But by taking just a few moments to think about how we can all pitch in to make someone else’s holiday better, it’s easy to see how much good could be done if everyone who could just did their part.

Donate. Volunteer. Do both.

It will make Christmas merrier for you and those you help.