Spread holiday cheer by giving back


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The passing of Thanksgiving always marks the commencement of the holiday season. The mall offers extended hours, your job begins preparing for the annual Christmas party, and you go over your monthly budget for December trying to figure out just how you are going to afford this holiday season.

But don’t fret my friends. I’m here again with some fairly inexpensive holiday advice. Purchasing gifts do not have to be a bank breaker this year. You can make someone else’s holiday 10 times better by spreading holiday cheer.

There are so many ways to give back to the community, especially during the holidays. Helping out the less fortunate is one of them. Your local neighborhood Lions Clubs are always accepting donations of food and monetary donations each year for our food baskets and Tree of Giving.

Volunteering is another way to spread holiday cheer. All it requires is your time. The annual Christmas dinner on Christmas Day at the Eagle River Lions Clubhouse is a great way to help. Each Christmas, volunteers get together and cook for the community. You can find your neighbors enjoying a feast for kings. Come help cook, serve or clean up.

Help brighten the lives of so many less fortunate kids by getting involved in the Tree of Giving. If you know personally of a family who could be sponsored, take it upon yourself to help make their holiday experience that much better.

Believe it or not, a smile goes a long way. It may seem somewhat corny, but a pleasant mood will get you much further than an unpleasant one.

Don’t be a scrooge. Try not to stress yourself out and you will do just fine this year. Most of all, remember the true reason for the holiday season!

For more information about Lions, visit www.lionclubs.org, www.eagleriverlions.com or www.sleepingladylion.org, or call Karen Burns at 242-1129.

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