VALDOSTA -- Some Ashley House Apartments residents received a visit Wednesday from three little "elves" bearing gifts.

Jim Johnson was all smiles as he emptied the gift bag, discovering all it had inside.

"There are all kinds of goodies in here," he said, laughing. "I have cookies, an apple, some tissue, peanuts ... all kinds of things in here."

The three Crossroads Baptist School students beamed as the magic of the holiday season spread throughout the tiny room. They knew their efforts had made someone else's Christmas a merrier one.

"I like watching other people opening their presents," said Taylor Lamb, 9, fourth-grader. "Seeing the look on their faces makes me feel happy inside."

Fifth-grader Gregory Fricker, 10, said the best part about the visit was talking to the residents for a while.

"Knowing that I've made them happy makes me feel like I've done good work," he said.

Embracing the reason for the season, Sarah Ann Bradford, 8, third-grader, simply enjoys giving to others.

"I really appreciate what these kids have done," Johnson said. "And I really enjoyed their visit."

Each Wednesday a group of third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders from Crossroads Baptist School visit the Ashley House Apartments. Usually they bring hot meals, prepared by the Break Bread Program at First Presbyterian Church.

Through this volunteer-driven program, meals are delivered to shut-ins all over town each day of the week. Wednesday, meals were prepared and delivered by King Solomon Missionary Church members and volunteers.

"It's a good thing for the kids to learn about community service," said Cheryl Cole, third grade teacher. "These people love seeing the kids come around for a visit."

Crossroads Baptist School has been affiliated with the Break Bread Program for the past three years. Recently, thanks to a Bake Sale, the school made a donation to the program in the amount of $600-plus.

First Presbyterian Church's Break Bread Program is always in need of donations and volunteers. To learn more, please call the church at 242-8376.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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