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The best gift you can give others this holiday season cannot be bought in a store or online. It doesn't come in a box and can't be wrapped. It can't be charged on a credit card or put on lay-away, and the most valuable receipt for it comes not when you acquire it, but when you give it. And, while it may be valuable to have, it is more valuable when you give it away.
The best gift you can give is the gift of yourself.
Often, we get so caught up in gift buying or attending parties and events that we forget to simply make ourselves available to others - even people we don't know and may never meet. For some recipients, your time, attention and effort are more valuable, and likely will be more appreciated, than any physical item you could give.
Make a commitment to be a participant, not just a spectator, this holiday season:
Whatever you choose to do, be safe. Don't visit others if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, particularly fever. By staying home and foregoing social activities, you give an additional gift to others: continued wellness. Also, call ahead to facilities you wish to visit to get their visitation policies.
You are a gift that has no price and immeasurable value, but only when shared with others.