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Holiday giving is greatest gift of all

Holiday giving is greatest gift of all

November 26
23:47 2012

The holidays are said to be about spending time with loved ones, yet there is still the expectation of having presents under the tree. But can you imagine the feeling a single mother of five children has with Christmas drawing near and no money to buy them the gifts they want, the gifts all of their friends will brag about getting when school is back in session in January?

After a weekend of spending on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday.
With the holidays fast approaching, most of us are thinking of what deals to snag for our friends and family. Perhaps a bottle of something from Buckeye for your best friend, a nice heart-shaped necklace for your mama and the ever-lame plastic gift card to the video game store as per your little brother’s request.

While it is nice to give gifts to those closest to us, there are families out there who can’t afford such niceties.
I remember when I was in junior high, and our family received help from kind souls at my school. What could have otherwise turned out to be a disappointing Christmas turned out to be one of the best.

That year, Furbies were the “hot” toys and were nearly impossible to get ahold of. But someone probably woke up before the sun rose to wait in line on Black Friday and fight the crowds to ensure that my little sister and I had something to get excited about on Christmas morning. The kindness of others made all the difference to us when our family was in financial struggle.

I understand that most of us college students don’t have much money either. But any little bit you can scrounge together to help a family in need makes a difference.

One great way to help a family in need have a great Christmas is to adopt an “angel” from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. While they have many locations, the closest options for most UNT students are at the Golden Triangle Mall near Barnes & Noble or the Student Government Association office in the UNT Union room 320S.

Act quickly though, because when you adopt an angel, gifts are due by Dec. 10.

With the average angel’s gifts costing $60 to $70 at the mall’s tree, you might think you can’t afford adopting one. But there are always other options. Gather some friends together to adopt an angel – all putting in as much as they can afford – to help a child in need this holiday season.

Each angel has a “need” item and a “want” item on its list. You can choose to get the need, the want or both. Whatever you can do would make a world of difference to helping a family have a special Christmas that they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Sharon Lynn is a journalism senior. She can be reached at SharonLynn@my.unt.edu.

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