It's the holiday season, and I know for a lot of us, as much as it means getting presents for family and friends, it also means giving a little bit back to the community whenever we can. Then sometimes, folks make it really easy for you to figure out how you can be charitable.

I know sometimes that's the toughest part for me. There's so many places your time or money could go to those in need this time of year, that it can be a bit intimidating trying to figure out who to help. For me, the obvious choice, will always be anything that has to do with kids.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is having a Mitten Tree this year. Sadly, there are many kids who come through, that aren't always weather-ready. So they've set up a donation tree outside The Maine Cafe. Stop by anytime and just add to it. It's really that simple.

When I was younger I was never able to really do anything to help people out. But as I've gotten older, it's truly one of my favorite things. Donating my time, or whatever I can spare money-wise, has proven to be something that always makes me feel good, without fail.

If you have any questions about it at all, feel free to contact Glenda Rubin, secretary, Spiritual Care, at 973.8290.

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