Thanksgiving Day and “Black Friday” represent the traditional kickoff to the Christmas season. Families will pick up the pace and move forward with their checkoff list of things to do: Shopping for gifts, planning the holiday food menu, interior and exterior home decorating, addressing greeting cards, carrying out travel plans or welcoming guests, and so forth. The pre-holiday social schedule also accelerates.

There’s another important part of the Christmas season for the kind-hearted folks in our communities who will make sure needy families have a bright and cheerful holiday, too. Hundreds of people will be involved in a wide assortment of benevolent acts from bringing gifts to those in nursing homes and homeless shelters, children in families of need, caroling, baking cookies and homemade candy, wrapping gifts and a whole lot more.

We couldn’t help but notice one project that is certain to bring smiles to local children. It’s called “Tree of Light.” Founded six years ago by Shelby Beck of Menominee, the project allows members of the community to purchase gifts for children in need. More than 430 children received gifts from the Tree of Lights last Christmas. The Tree of Lights is a spinoff from its original identity of Project Give.

People interested in obtaining additional information about Project Give, its projects and goals, should contact Shelby Beck at 715-587-7108.

There will be oodles of charitable acts during the holiday season. We encourage readers to watch for news items in the daily EagleHerald and the EH Community Calendar in our Action Sunday publication, the latter which covers Marinette, Menominee and Oconto counties.

The spirit of the holiday season is in full force. There’s plenty of items and projects to choose from in spreading joy during the holiday season.