"It's so sad that it had to happen at this time of the year."

We hear that phrase often during the Christmas season. Just like the rest of the year, our daily journeys are often filled with setbacks.

The TIMES NEWS is filled with these incidents the deaths of family and loved ones, fires, accidents, loss of jobs, other heartaches.

Yes, they do happen at all times of the year, but now, during the Christmas season, when everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, tragedies seem to be magnified even more.

For those of us more fortunate, who are looking forward to spending Christmas with our families and loved ones, it's a time for us to reach out to those less fortunate.

Yes, it's a time to reach out to the mother and four children who lost their Christmas when a fire struck their home last weekend. But it's also a time to reach out to many who are in need of support but aren't as visible.

These are the people who feel great stress and sadness during this period. Maybe it's because they're alone for Christmas, and they have time to reflect on loved ones who have departed. Perhaps they feel the tension of financial setbacks, or an illness.

Christmas is a time for sharing not only gifts, but feelings.

Make a special effort this holiday season to brighten someone's day, even if it's only for an hour or two. There are many out there who need it. Help bring a little something special into their day.

Bob Urban

rurban@tnonline.com