HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — Fort Hood soldiers delivered gifts on Monday to students at Skipcha Elementary School.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade gave 40 Angel Tree gifts to students at the school around 2 p.m.

The gift-giving event connected soldiers with children and built the unit’s relationship with the school and its students as part of Fort Hood’s Adopt-a-School program.

"It's infectious," Major Leon Black said. "Because you see a child smile and it just makes you warm inside."

For one mom, this marks the second Christmas since her husband was killed, and she said this moment is everything.

"Christmas was looking mighty grim for us this year." said Stephanie Bowles, whose son received the gift of Christmas this year. "This means the world to him and to myself as well."

For soldiers participating in the event, giving back and making a difference is part of the calling they've answered.

"We as soldiers, we try and do everything we can to take care of these kids and make them have a brighter Christmas," Staff Sgt. Monroe Atkins III said.

"I know it means everything to us to make a personal appearance," Spc. Lonnie Holman-Hernandez said. "To let them know that we do still care about them and we will always care about them."

Among all the paper, the gifts and the incredible day of giving back, a family heals and puts life back together.

"Look for the good things. Remember the good memories because they are there," Bowles said. "You have to make new ones along with it. But the appreciation with the guys on Fort Hood that did this today, there's just not enough words to express that gratitude."

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