I'd like to challenge you to give more this season. Find a way to give and put your heart into it. Volunteer, buy gifts for an angel tree, adopt a family, whatever you want to do. I know that this is a hard time of year for many people and that "money is tight." But I also believe that if I can fill my tree with presents, I can probably fill someone else's a bit, too. Finding a few items of clothing, an inexpensive toy or providing a meal costs little to us, but means the world to someone in need.
Not sure where to find someone in need? Look for an angel tree at your church, the mall or other stores in your area. Volunteer at a youth or adult homeless shelter. Adopt a family through a shelter. If you live in the Des Moines area here are a few resources for you:
I know this is a busy time of the year, but take a moment to thank God for blessing you and pass that blessing on to someone in need.