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While warmer than normal weather earlier this week might have made us think for a moment the holidays passed us by, in reality, we are still in the thick of things.

While some of us are still in the process of shopping for family and friends, there are others whom we might want to take a moment and get a gift or two. Every year, many charity organizations host gift or clothing drives to help make the holidays a bit brighter for those in less than ideal or dire situations.

The U.S. Marine Corps hosts Toys for Tots, where the community is asked to drop off unwrapped gifts for children. The men and women of the Marines then take them and provide some Christmas cheer to children in need. Many churches or businesses have an “angel tree,” where parishioners, employees or patrons can take a paper angel off a Christmas tree. The angel, in some cases, will have a brief description of the gift recipient and a suggested gift. Also, food pantries begin to ramp up, looking for donations to ensure they can not only provide a bountiful holiday dinner, but be able to provide food for families throughout the upcoming months.

We sometimes get caught up in thinking of those closest to us around this time of year. But as the old adage goes, this is the season of giving. There are numerous nonprofit organizations looking to the community to assist them in giving to others. It could not hurt to buy an extra pair of mittens or an extra scarf to donate to someone in need. It cannot hurt to drop a couple of extra cans of vegetables by a local food pantry.

We recently gave thanks for what we have. We can take a moment or two out of our busy schedules to help someone be thankful for a community that shows they are not forgotten.