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CATAULA, GA (WTVM) -

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

Two fifth grade classes came together and instead of doing the traditional class gift exchange, they decided to donate their gifts to the Valley Rescue Mission.

We spoke with one of their teachers, 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 doing it because someone is pressuring them, they're excited to bring in the gifts so I think it's a really good thing at a time like this to share with others."

The Valley Rescue Mission will be distributing Christmas gifts to more than 1,200 children throughout the community. They have very little gifts for children up to 3 years old and from ages 8 to 12 years old.

Donna Pearce with the Valley Rescue Mission tells us this project is a big help and explains what we can learn from these students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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