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Merry Christmas! Tis the Season of Giving

Merry Christmas (albeit a day late) and Happy New Year (a few days early)!!!

It truly is, as the song says, the most wonderful time of the year. While many of us will celebrate with food, drink and gifts, I strongly suggest giving to the less fortunate. The economy, joblessness and underemployment can pose great difficulties for many families. I have a few suggestions for helping out those in need:

1. Donate to a local food bank. In this great Country, no one should go without food, not for a single meal. Look through your cupboards and pantrys, I'm sure we can all find ten (10) canned items to donate.

2. Donate soap and shampoo. This may sound silly, but this article opened my eyes to this need. Food stamps can't be used for soap and shampoo, and when a family has scarce resources, they allocate the money for food (a wise decision). Save and donate bottles of shampoo and bars of soap from hotels. A little bit can make a difference.

3. Don't look away from that man on the corner. You know the one. You've seen him (or someone just like him). He's holding the cardboard sign that says: "Broke. Out of Work. Need a job to buy food for my family." Don't look away from him. But for the Grace of God, any one of us could be in his shoes. Don't look away from him. Roll down your window, call him over, tell him that things will get better, then give. Give graciously and give with an open heart. Then thank him and wish him the best. You can change a life.

4. Volunteer. Whether it's helping serve a meal at a food shelter or ringing a bell for the Salvation Army. Do something to make another persons day better.

Little things make life worth living and while this list isn't long, any one of these little things can make life worth living. Not just for you and me, but for the people we touch. I hope that God blesses you today and everyday.

Gregory A. Miller, a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer. I can be reached at (260)833-7249.