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A 9-year-old is teaching East Tennesseans the true meaning of Christmas.

Emi Hamilton handed out homemade goodies and blankets on Market Square Tuesday afternoon. The aspiring singer also sang Christmas songs, some of her favorites and some she wrote herself.

It was all to help those in need.

"Yesterday I came and I saw the homeless people. I came over to talk to them. they were really nice to me. I just wanted them to have a very merry Christmas," she explained.

Emi said she was happy to help and give back.