In some towns, the Salvation Army puts up Christmas trees in public places, with paper ornaments that have the name of a needy child (or sometimes adult). I've seen them in Wal-Mart, Chili's restaurants, and several grocery stores. You pick an ornament, check it out with the staff member at a nearby table, and buy gifts for the person you chose. I always try to pick two children who are the same age and sex as my kids. Then my kids help me choose gifts for them. Salvation Army gives you a spending limit, but it is pretty low, so I generally go over! Then you wrap the gifts and return them with the ornament firmly attached. The organization takes care of delivering them.
at 11:44 AM on Dec. 3, 2008