The other day we were at the gym and I noticed two big boards set up at the entrance to the change rooms. Each had a picture of a giant Christmas tree and little tags pinned all over the branches.

The little tags had the profiles of family members and what they were wishing to receive for Christmas. These families cannot afford to buy their children Christmas presents, and so the YMCA created this program called Adopt a Family.

If we could have afforded it, I would have picked every single tag for one whole family and bought them all gifts.

As it stands, we can only afford to buy one gift for one family member.

This is who I chose:

It felt so good to pick out a gift for a little boy who won’t get much this Christmas.

Today I want to challenge you to think of a way you can give to people in need during this season of intense giving.

When I was growing up, our family regularly participated in Santa’s Anonymous. A few days before Christmas we would go to a giant warehouse where gifts had been accumulating from donations for families in need. We would stuff our van with garbage bags full of wrapped gifts and then distribute them to specific houses in our end of the city. I always loved doing that.

Research ways you can get involved in your own city or town, and spread a little Christmas cheer!