LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Dressed in their Army uniforms and Santa hats, two soldiers were on a special assignment in Lexington.
"The soldiers, they were overseas and they came here to be with us. And to me, that shows their heart," said Jessica Everitt, Resident, Crisis Ministry of Davidson County.
First Lieutenant Brian Embry and Sergeant Phillip Grant are home in North Carolina on leave.
On Christmas day, they spent time volunteering at the shelter at Crisis Ministry of Davidson County.
"If you can make some kind of change where they know there is good out there, then maybe you've done something," said 1LT Embry, US Army.
After spending 3 years in Germany, Embry is changing bases and will soon move to Kentucky.
Grant will head back to his base in Texas in the next week.
They say no matter where they are, and no matter how long they will be there, their job is to serve others.
"My entire career has been selfless service and so when I think of the holidays, who can I benefit the most? Who can I an impact in?" said Embry.
Grant added, "Just to give them a little bit of sunshine today, just to help anyway possible."
The soldiers helped serve lunch, spent time talking with the residents, and rolled up their sleeves to wash dishes.
For resident Jessica Everitt, that dirty dish water showed her the true meaning of Christmas.
"The fact that they were willing to do dishes which is actually one of our chores that says a lot to. Because you know, they're protecting our country they shouldn't have to wash dishes but I mean, they chose to do that," said Everitt.
She added, "To volunteer and get behind the scenes and find out what it's like to be us, that's, that's something."
First Lieutenant Embry is Sergeant Grant's uncle.
They say the next time they will be able to come home probably won't be until next Christmas.
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