Find surprising ways to spread the joy

Give away the extra items lying around your home; they can benefit others.

Donate tech items. Nonprofit organizations and schools could use your old computer or television. Find a school in need at www.techsoup.org (click on "Donate Hardware").

Brighten a hospital. Are art supplies cluttering your child's room? Give new or used items to Artists Helping Children (www.artistshelpingchildren.org), a group that paints murals on the walls of children's hospitals and shelters.

Help kids in crisis. Send toys, clothes or school supplies to children in impoverished places through Operation Give (www.operationgive.org). FedEx will pick up and deliver packages for free.

Provide a dress. Encourage your daughter to donate dresses to make another teen's prom night special. Visit www.glassslipperproject.org for more information.