It is always better to give than receive. For many people the holidays are very lonely.  This holiday giving a gift of  your time to the less fortunate is better than any gift you could buy.  During this time of year, it is easy to get carried away with everything besides the true spirit of the season. Shopping and parties seem to dominate the holidays, which often leaves little time to think about the less fortunate.  Most people I know are blessed and have everything they need, so I am encouraging everyone to share not only tangible presents, but to bring joy and happiness to others through volunteering.  Kindness is the language that speaks to all. If we were all to donate just a small amount of our time at local soup kitchens, animal shelters or any place that volunteers are needed we would certainly be moving one step forward to making the world a more kinder place.