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South Heart students bring Christmas cheer to St. Benedict's center residents

The residents of St. Benedict's Health Care Center shared a bit of Christmas joy with the FFA members from South Heart High School when they came to make ornaments.

The residents of St. Benedict's Health Care Center shared a bit of Christmas joy with the FFA members from South Heart High School when they came to make ornaments.

FFA Advisor Marcus Lewton said the visit was an opportunity for the students to practice leadership and community service.

In preparation for the visit, the students cut out reindeer, snowmen and stars. The ornaments were large enough to hang on a doorknob. At the center, they decorated them with the residents.

"They were not Martha Stewart, but the key was to talk and communicate and to break the age barrier. How many kids talk to someone 70 years older? That's the key," said Lewton.

St. Benedict's Activities Director Bonnie Goldsberry said the residents absolutely loved the project.

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"They wait for the youth. Christmas is about kids. The more kids I get to do things with residents, the more we win," she said. "They're having a ball. The residents will talk about it for many days afterward. They'll look at the ornaments. This is what Christmas is about. This is the spirit of giving. These South Heart kids do so much good for our residents."

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