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Baltimore County students give up day off to give back to elderly

Posted at 11:18 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 23:19:31-05

It might be the day after Thanksgiving but for some special seniors, it was a holiday feast to remember!

A group of Baltimore County students decided to prepare Friday's special meal as a way to show members of the Village Crossroads Retirement Community just how special they are.

The kids are part of the Active Minds Learning program.

It's an afterschool and summer camp imitative to take kids out of the classroom and teach them real-world lessons.  Friday's lesson was all about giving. 

"It’s just nice to do good things for other people.  It’s really nice, I wanted to do it," said student Addison Joseph.

Joseph was just one of the kids excited to bring Thanksgiving cheer to some deserving people.

"It brings life to the building when the little ones come in," said resident, Nancy Davis.

Michael Serio is the director of Active Minds Learning, he trades the classroom for life lessons so kids learn them first hand. 

"For this month, we’re looking at giving."

And give they did.  From the potatoes to the turkeys, to stuffing and rolls the kids had a hand in all of it

"A lot of the residents are 70-80 years old they don’t have a lot of families around and if it weren't for them making this feast for them, they might not get Thanksgiving dinner. So it’s good for them to understand why we're doing it," Serio said.

And the lesson was not lost on them. 

"I really don’t think that’s fair because everybody should have a good holiday and everyone else that has a good holiday should help other people have a good holiday," said Joseph.

Residents had a hard time keeping the smiles off their faces.

"I think it’s wonderful and they’re really into it.  I told a couple of them how thrilled I was to have them here but they really did great," said Mary Wolford.

"It brings life.  I love to see kids come in here.  Unfortunately, we don’t see many and for some people, this is the only Thanksgiving they have in the building," said resident Nancy Davis.

The caring attitude could be felt all around, from the care of preparing the food to the smiles as the kids delivered a home cooked meal to the happy residents.

"It makes me feel really good to make sure that other people have a nice Thanksgiving," said Joseph.

Also this year, the kids, ages 6-through-11 volunteered with The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and visited The White House!