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Cataula students donate toys to Valley Rescue Mission

CATAULA, GA (WTVM) -

A group of students at CreeksideSchool in Cataula embodied the spirit of giving on Tuesday.

Two fifth grade classescame together and instead of doing the traditional class gift exchange, theydecided to donate their gifts to the Valley Rescue Mission.

We spoke with one of theirteachers, Mrs. Latina Maddox, who explains how proud she is of her students.

"They're awesome,they're really thinking from the heart," said Maddox. "I mean they're not doingit because someone is pressuring them, they're excited to bring in the gifts soI think it's a really good thing at a time like this to share withothers."

The Valley Rescue Mission willbe distributing Christmas gifts to more than 1,200 children throughout thecommunity. They have very little gifts for children up to 3 years old and fromages 8 to 12 years old.

Donna Pearce with the ValleyRescue Mission tells us this project is a big help and explains what we canlearn from these students.

"Well, I hope thatthe community is inspired by the example that is being set for us by a bunch offifth graders - that it really is more blessed to give than to receive."Pearce said.

Fifth grade teacher KathieBerends hopes that one day this project will grow.

"We're hoping nextyear maybe that this will grow and maybe more classes will join in and then wecould give more gifts," Berends said. "Hopefully this will be something thatwill blossom and become a big project."

We then asked students howthey felt about donating their Christmas gifts, and "Merry Christmas!" is whatthey had to say.  

If you want to give, toyscan be dropped off at Valley Rescue Mission on 2nd Avenue this Wednesday from 8a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers say they need to have all donations by Wednesday sothey can be prepped to be given away.

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