This post is coming a little late, but I have so little time right now. Who does? It’s the joy—and not always joyous—part of the season. But one should never be too busy for service, right?
During the holidays, there’s never a lack of people in need. There’s never a lack any time of year, really, but it’s especially glaring during the holidays when every kid or kid at heart deserves a gift. Luckily, there also never seems to be a lack of those who want to give. Angel Trees are a great way to get connect people in need with those things they need.
Where to Help
There are Angel Trees everywhere. My Ward has one; I think most do. Here are some other places to participate in Angel Trees or donate to those in need:
- The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has trees at many local businesses: Cyprus Credit Union, Shopko, and etc. (in Utah).
- Utah Coop via Utah Charities (I’m sure other states have something similar)
- The Primary Children’s Hospital
- St. Jude
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Youth Services Angel Tree
- Utah Refugee Connection
- And if you want to give globally, look at these options.
There’s something special about buying a gift for a person who wouldn’t get any presents otherwise, about fulfilling a need. Everybody should open a gift on Christmas. Other than the BIG gift: love. That we all get freely without cost. And we do our best to pass it along to others. Nobody with love—both giving and receiving it—is ever without happiness.