As the calendar turns to December, many people attend to their Christmas shopping in earnest. In addition to all the toys and tech for loved ones, it is also important to remember those less fortunate during this holiday season.

Many communities and organizations sponsor “Angel Trees” where each ornament indicates the desired item for a needy family or child. A local property manager has taken a different spin on this by erecting a holiday tree filled with ornaments that specify the needs of nonprofit organizations.

It was humbling to see the mundane nature of their requests — copy paper, napkins, garbage bags, toilet paper, rubber gloves, glue gun strips, paper towels, stamps, dish soap, wash clothes and creamer – yet we all know from personal experience how the stuff-of-life items can add up quickly.

I hope you will add a family or nonprofit to your holiday shopping list this season. Your giving doesn’t have to be lofty to make a difference, it just has to occur.

(Local readers: the tree is in the Roshek Building lobby)

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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