Only On 12: Santa's Little Helpers Spread Holiday Cheer to Elderly

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, December 17, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's a holiday story that will touch your heart and one you will see only on News 12.

Christmastime is generally thought of a time for children, but today (December 17) the student council from Craig Houghton Elementary turned the tables; playing Santa to people at Blair Nursing Home in
Augusta.

From the carols, to the gifts and most importantly the smiles and the love, it was most certainly a day to remember for the kids. The student council was busy spreading good cheer to the elderly and making this Christmas hard for anyone there to forget.

Mariah Evans, a first grader and only 7-years-old, wanted the people at Blair nursing home to hear one message. "I just want to say I love all these people."

Fourth Grader Deonte Samples. "When I came in here, I knew it was going to be a great day. When I was passing out presents, it made me feel good because i know it would make them all feel good because everyone needs love."

And there was a lot of love to go around. Resident Rosalyn Brown says she was really touched by the visit from the kids. "It's a relief and a pleasure to have them around and they're so nice, loving and kind."

They delivered a program full of music and gift giving, thanks to an idea by Student Council President Briana White. " If some of my family was in there I know they'd want me to come in and bring them presents and I would too." says the fifth grader.

And this crowd was happy to have them. "I loved the program!" says resident Billy Blackwell.

"It's good to see kids and I love kids." adds 62-year-old Joanne Duffy.

As for the kids, they feel the same way.

Jhakevia Sullivant, a fourth grader, says " It's so good to see people so happy."

"That really lifts up my heart." Says Mariah Evans. It touches her so much so, that 7-year-old thinks she may have found her future career path. "I do want to be a nurse here because it's great to be a nurse."

But for now, it seems everyone was content to spend time with a stranger, that soon became a friend; that's the magic of this holiday season.

"I hope they have a Good Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" says Duffy to the children.

And now the student council would like to share that love with you "Merry Christmas everybody and Happy New Year!!!" say the 13 representatives from the school while waving and smiling and donning their Santa hats.


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