In a world where you can be anything – be kind.

Ours is a community that works and celebrates together, and when hardship happens, we pull together. Generosity isn’t an extraordinary act here. It’s a way of life – and the lifeblood of so many organizations and individuals striving to make a difference in our region.

This is our no coasting attitude – a place where we all do a little to make this a better place for all. We are strong, passionate human beings ready to make an impact.

Here are some ways to spread the holiday cheer.

The Salvation Army Bring help and hope to those in greatest need by volunteering as a bell ringer.

Meals that Heal Give the gift of a home-cooked meal so families can focus on hope and healing.

Give back this holiday season.

Open Door Mission There are a variety needs available, from helping provide hot nutritious meals to collecting holiday hygiene kits and toilet paper.

Project Linus Give the gift of warmth. Blankets are handmade and given to a variety of organizations in the region. Better yet, easy no-sew blankets only require basic cutting and tying skills. My kind of craft!

Amazon Wishlists A lot of area nonprofits set up their own wishlists for current and urgent needs. Search for your favorite nonprofit and make an impact for the causes that matter most to you.

Other small acts of kindness – Send a caring note, shovel snow for a neighbor, host a food drive, visit the elderly in nursing homes, let someone go in front of you in line, buy someone’s morning coffee, or offer compliments to strangers, friends or family.

Every day, big or small, you can make a difference in our community. Thank you for not coasting.


Photos by Eric Francis and Jeff Bundy/Omaha World-Herald

If we all did a little, think how much better we would all be.

Generosity and compassion are in our Midwestern DNA.