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For some, the vision of holiday treats became a more tangible reality.

Through the donation of food baskets, the taste of the holidays is prettily wrapped and packaged and delivered to those in need of some holiday cheer.

With the giving season in full gear, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited Charleston's Holz Elementary School to donate goods during the school's six annual "Holz Gives Back" food drive Nov. 25.

While donating a basket of food from him and his staff, Tomblin shared the importance of giving back to those in need and the many different ways to spread the spirit of giving.

After commending the school and children for assembling a program that gives back to those in need and expressing his admiration, Tomblin said the spirit of giving really defines all West Virginians.

"I think that's one thing that makes us stand out as West Virginians," he said. "West Virginians like to help other people…some people don't have a lot. I think that's so important."

Visiting the elderly and those in the nursing home are some of the ways Tomblin said West Virginians can help others.

"(The elderly) would be delighted just to see your smiling face…because they get lonesome," he said.

"There's a lot of ways you can do good things for your neighbors, and I think this right here today, helping to raise food, is a great gesture."

The Holz elementary student representatives also contributed to the conversation by sharing what they were personally thankful for. Responses included turkey, pets, shelter, food, a good school and family and friends.

Before leaving, the governor of the Mountain State also left three tasks for the elementary students: stay in school, learn all they can and continue to help others.

In return, Tomblin promised the students things as well: making sure the children receive the best education possible, providing a safe school setting and making sure the children have a job or place to work once their education is completed.