The holiday season is behind us, and now that schools are back in session , families are getting back to their daily routines.
The Christmas decorations are stored away, not to be thought of until next season.
But 'today' is actually the ideal time to start thinking about the best gift of all: hope.
On Facebook, friends are talking about a popular book that so far has led thousands across the country to take action.
'Christmas Jars' by New York Times bestselling author James F. Wright offers a way to spend the year thinking of others one penny, one dime at a time.
According to the author's website, 'A Christmas Jar is a pickle jar, peanut butter jar, mason jar or whatever else you have around to collect your spare change each day. All coins are dedicated to the jar and the week before Christmas you select someone to give it to anonymously.'
$50, $100, even $200 collected through the course of the year can make a big difference in the life of someone who may be struggling.
And by saving throughout the course of the year, it doesn't break the holiday budget.
Stories about the powerful impact of the jar are also detailed on the website. One recipient said, 'the give was an answer to a prayer and the kindness extended allowed me to feel love which has been largely absent this season.'
It doesn't take much to make a difference. Making this part of the daily routine is a simple way to illicit change with pocket change.