When times are less than optimal economically, the attention turns – quite appropriately – to children.

Children are the focus of several initiatives in the community this holiday season, and that’s not unusual. But the emphasis seems to be greater.

Families and the youngsters who are part of those families are receiving attention from area food banks. Foster care organizations are rallying support for the youngsters they have helped place in loving homes. On Saturday, The Ark Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter will host Breakfast with Santa at Chili’s, an event which will provide youngsters who happen to be in stable homes an opportunity to enjoy themselves while helping others who are not so fortunate.

Several organizations, including the Toys for Kids project, are gathering gifts to make the Christmas holiday brighter for many who might not otherwise have much to celebrate on Dec. 25.

Adults may have extensive Christmas wish lists, but most children seem to be easy to please. That’s especially the case for children who don’t have much – materially, at least – to begin with.

So, it doesn’t take much to make their holiday happy, and their Christmas bright. We should all be so lucky, and we should all do our part to ensure that it happens.

Brownwood Bulletin