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      One Heartland agency gives kids a good Christmas

      The Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency is helping kids and their low-income families make sure they have a good Christmas.

      The agency held a holiday program for their Headstart preschoolers this year to get them and their parents into the Christmas spirit.

      They did activities such as a Thanksgiving dinner, making Christmas ornaments, and goodie boxes.

      Thanks to community donations, the kids received new coats and gloves to help keep them warm this winter.

      It's times like this when the agency knows all the hard work is worth it.

      "It's a real honor and privilege to do that. Our agency is a great ascents for this community. I'm really honored to work with an agency that reaches out to low income families and that we make a difference in children's lives and parents," Tish Arber, Executive Director of Headstart/ NEMO Community Action Agency.

      The kids were treated to a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

      The youngsters were also taught the meaning of the season of giving by doing a food drive for the Salvation Army.