The holiday season is in full swing. Families all over the country are decorating trees, getting ready to light menorahs or sing Kwanzaa songs. But many families cannot afford to celebrate the holidays with festivities, let alone gifts.

Since there's no better way to instill good values in your children then by setting the example — you might want to consider "adopting" a family for the holidays.

This is a great way to teach kids the gift of giving and the power to make a difference in the lives of others. Even very young children can help pick out presents and assist in wrapping them. My family has adopted families for a few years and each time we've delivered the gifts, we've been greeted with smiles and gratitude. We've left with tear-filled eyes and full hearts.

To find out how to get involved,

The Salvation Army has an Adopt-A-Family program that encourages individuals, churches, groups and other institutions to spread the holiday cheer by sponsoring families. To get involved, call your local Salvation Army or 1-800-SAL-ARMY can connect you. Local community centers, churches and banks often offer similar programs.

We hope you and your family will consider giving to others less fortunate and show your children how good it feels to give back. And remember the old adage, it's better to give than to receive.