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Cory Peterson, Staff Writer

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Austin and Melissa are two young Idaho siblings who are coping with the loss of both parents. The siblings are working together to help others over this holiday season. These two siblings have donated around 150 grief kits to Portneuf Medical Center. The kits have a family movie, a children’s book, and a caregiver’s guide. They were given the idea from the grief kit that they were given after the passing of their parents. The siblings felt very lonely, as if they only had each other. They didn’t like this feeling and started to think of all the other lonely children. These two people made a change in the community and in the hearts of us all. What changes can you make?

Most people think the only way to help others over the holidays is to spend money on gifts or treats, but there are other ways to give other than spending money. Tanner Russell says “You don’t need money to make a change, just time”. Volunteer everywhere you can, and make a change in at least one person’s heart this holiday season. If you are willing to help someone, it will help you more than it will ever help them. It will make you feel accomplished that you did something for another person. That is was the holidays are about anyways, it’s not about receiving, but it’s about giving.

The Lovendahl family has a tradition of doing something for others over the holidays. Most years they go to help a homeless person get a job and be able to afford an apartment. These kind of duties can change a person’s entire life. This year the Lovendahls decided to help others over Thanksgiving instead of Christmas. They went to a park with traditionally lots of homeless people, and dish out a free Thanksgiving dinner. These people have no homes and no families. These events change the person, and can influence them to help others as well. Luke Lovendahl says to “make a change”.

The holiday season is not about bringing happiness to yourself, but bringing happiness to others. In its own way it will also bring happiness to you.

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