With the holiday season upon us, many of the people we know will go without this holiday. But there is something you can do about that, nominate someone you know for Opie's Angel Tree.

We all have a neighbor, a friend, a family member or a co-worker that we know is a hero in someone's eyes. With tough times hitting us again this holiday season, not everyone is able to be the hero when it comes to getting their family through the holiday season.

It saddens me to know that there are kids that won't get anything under the tree this year. It pains me to think that there are neighbors without hot water or even heat because they can't afford to fix what is broken. It makes me angry that people are without jobs and can't afford to put a nice meal on the table for their family. That's why I am so proud we have teamed up again with Opie's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in St. Cloud to present Opie's Angels.

Opie takes money from his own pocket and puts it back into the community every year helping families that aren't able to help themselves. Of course, he's not magical, so he needs your help finding these families. If you know of someone that needs a helping hand to get through the holidays, I encourage you to nominate them to be one of the this year's Opie's Angels.

Why does Opie do this? He knows first hand what it's like to not have anything under the tree on Christmas morning. He knows what it's like not to have a meal and wear shoes and clothes with holes in them. He knows the struggles that families go through when times get tough. He lived it first hand. He vowed that he would always give back to the community and help those that need it - especially during the holiday season.

Sometimes it only takes a small token of kindness to turn someone's life around. So if you know of someone that needs a hand up - not a hand out, be sure to nominate them today!

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