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Bringing the holiday spirit where it's needed

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The holiday season is about more than just presents and gift giving. It's a message many try to convey this time of year, including one Elmira school teacher in particular. As our Katie Husband tells us, her first grade class is demonstrating how to give the gift of holiday cheer without the wrapping paper and bows.

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Bringing joy, peace, love and hope is part of a special lesson these first graders from Holy Family Elementary School in Elmira have been learning.

"Throughout the season we have been studying advent, talking about advent, we light the candles each week," said Charlotte Wirth, Holy Family Elementary School teacher.

To demonstrate the lesson they wanted to spread holiday joy at the Strawberry Mansion Society which holds a social adult day program for the disabled.

"And we said let's partner with them and we brought the kids over to spread a little bit of peace and joy and love of the season," said Wirth.

"Oh, I love these kids when they came here. They was just singing songs that I didn't even know. I'm glad because it was entertaining to me," said Velda Morris, Strawberry Mansion Society client.

"It makes you feel like Christmas is a-coming," said Tara Martin, Strawberry Mansion Society client.

The clients here at the Strawberry Mansion Society were overjoyed when the two dozen little strangers came in to entertain them.

"It made me feel good, it made me feel more holiday-ish, you know. Lift my spirits up better," said Morris.

"Everybody's enjoying themselves, I tend to fit in. So, I'm also enjoying it," said Martin.

Spreading the real meaning of Christmas is the mission of Wirth's lesson.

"To teach the students that there's more about the season it's not just getting presents themselves and Santa, I know it's a big thing for them and it should be but there are others out there that they can help and that's what we're all about," said Wirth.

Now that the caroling and decorating have been done, Strawberry Mansion seems to be in better holiday spirits.

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