|Team Rubicon in the Philippines|
|Team Rubicon in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti|
There are numerous other teams and organizations who do great work and could use your support, or a simple thank you, including our public servants who do their job day after day.
Wave when a fire truck or an ambulance or a police car goes by and give these folks a thumbs up -- something bright and positive to cheer them on.
Say thank you to the bus driver, knowing that profession has become a lot riskier the past couple of years.
You get the idea.
If you're out of ideas on where to donate or how to help and you live in Seattle, then consider a donation to the Seattle Times' fund for the needy, which yesterday discussed one of my favorite charities, Wellspring Family Service.
Better yet, if you have some spare time, roll up your sleeves and volunteer. There are so many food banks and emergency services organizations that could use your time, especially this time of year.
So take the risk out of the beginning of a frenzied season that has become mostly about glitter and gifts. You'll find that you always get back more than you give, even when giving thanks and helping out.