Ask Mikey Michelle Arana

Christmas is approaching and while we are all getting our homes ready for guests, and shopping for presents, let’s not forget about those that are not able to do so this year.

A lot has been happening over the past few years to where not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to purchase a Christmas tree, presents for others, or to even pay their own rent this Christmas. Aside from these struggles, there are also those that are lonely because their family members are in other states, and some are even overseas fighting to keep our country safe.

So while you are shopping for gifts, and spreading joy and love to those that you know, please don’t forget about those who you don’t know. After all, everyone deserves to have some Christmas cheer come their way. If you want to help spread some Christmas cheer to those in our community here is an idea list of 25 kind deeds that you can do for others. Who knows, maybe you will want to continue this positive cheer even after the holidays!

1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

2. Donate warm clothes to a homeless shelter.

3. Host a Christmas food drive through your Church.

4. Volunteer time to sing carols at an assisted living home.

5. Get your neighborhood to make Christmas cards to send to our troops overseas.

6. Make a holiday care package to someone who may be sick.

7. Start a holiday toy drive to donate to a local children’s hospital.

8. Donate a Christmas tree to a family you know that can’t afford to buy one this year.

9. Bake some cookies to give to your neighbor next door who just became a widow recently.

10. Start a neighborhood caroling block party where all of the neighbors can come together and sing carols and have hot chocolate as a community.

11. Volunteer to put up Christmas lights for your neighbor who was recently injured and can’t.

12. Give someone a Christmas card who may not receive very many.

13. Make a holiday and staying warm package and give to a homeless person.

14. Invite someone over for Christmas dinner who was just going to spend it alone this year.

15. Donate a Christmas dinner package to a co-worker is not able to buy Christmas dinner for their family this year.

16. Bake cookies and bring it to the local police officers, firefighters, and teachers for all that they do for our community.

17. Adopt a pet.

18. Make a “Holiday movie night” once a week and invite those who are struggling to come over.

19. Put a candy cane and a card and pass out to those that may be spending their Christmas in the hospital this year.

20. Be a secret Santa and pay for someone’s grocery bill at the store or gas station.

21. Help others reconnect with loved ones they may have lost touch with.

22. Send flowers to loved ones that are in the cemetery.

23. Give a gift to someone who never gets many gifts.

24. Pass out hot chocolate to the homeless on Christmas Eve.

25. Make sure you smile and say Merry Christmas to every single person you come into contact with.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at

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