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CHILLICOTHE, Mo. -- A Chillicothe, Missouri girl’s kindness this Christmas season is inspiring to others to give.

Every year the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office partners with businesses and donors to help families in need. This year they had help from a young girl who said she only needed one thing this Christmas; to be able to help people.

Sheriff Steve Cox heard about Lily’s letter to Santa so he invited the elementary student to join them on their Secret Santa program, helping people in the community down on their luck have a better Christmas.

In all they helped eight families. One of those stops was a Chula family who lost their home to a fire in October. The sheriff’s office gave them pots and pans and a trip to Great Wolf Lodge. Lily brought along gifts of her own for the family's three kids.

“They were impressed and they were really happy once I saw their faces,” she said.

“It’s nice for our kids to see the kindness this time of year," Stan Reed said.

"It shows them a good example of how you should help people,” his wife Tiffany said.

The sheriff’s office also helped check one item off Lily’s list, taking her shopping for some western wear.

Despite getting new boots and a cowboy hat Lily said the favorite part of her day was giving, not receiving.