News 12 at 6 O'clock, September 2, 2009
AUGUSTA---September's Time To Care Award winner is Emily White. She is a high school senior who has a real passion for helping others...and not just on her own campus.
Emily White is a lot of things. She's a high school senior who organized a weekly lunchtime Bible study for students. She's been a team captain for Relay For Life. And she works as a tutor on campus.
We surprised Emily at the photography studio, where she works after school. For most teenagers, being a full time student and having a part time job is enough. Not so for Emily.
At Christmas she volunteers at Augusta Urban Ministries, filling food boxes for 700 families.
"Just knowing that one box that I fixed is going to make somebody's Thanksgiving meal is just so rewarding," Emily told us. "To know that they could have been eating cereal for dinner, but they're because I packed that box."
That's where Rick Herring noticed Emily's passion for giving. He heads up the ministry.
"And Emily came down and as we were filling food boxes, I started hearing her story and her level of maturity just astounded me and her servants heart was really what knocked me out," Herring says.
That focus on others leads Emily on all kinds of missions. Even a hot summer day can inspire a random act of kindness.
"Me and my buddies got together and made about 40 bag lunches and just took 'em to downtown Augusta and passed 'em out with bottles of water and said- 'here you look hungry, here you look thirsty' and just handed 'em out to people all day. Emily continued, "just things like that are so much fun to see people smile and know that it's because of something you did."
What would this young Time To Care winner say to other teenagers who are watching about plugging into their community and getting involved?
"I would just say in today's society there's just so much focus on Hollywood, what you look like and who your friends are. And so it's going to be better for you and others if you wake up now- and realize it's about who you are and how you can help others. Because that's why we're here.
Emily White doesn't do it for the awards, but they just keep finding her. Back in June, she was honored by The Girl Scouts as a Young Woman of Distinction. And she's also had some pageant success too. But this is a beauty queen with brains and a big heart
"Everything I do in the community, I don't do it to be rewarded for. I don't want people to look at me and say 'good job' because I feel rewarded just by doing it and putting smiles on people's faces."
Look for more big things from Emily White. After high school, she's hoping to go to The College of Charleston with plans to become a teacher, or possibly a lawyer and maybe even hold political office one day. And she's already making a big difference as a high school student.
And of course, we want to thank our Time to Care partners who make this award possible: Subway, The Taylor Auto Group and Troy University. If you want to nominate someone for our Time To Care Award, you can do that on this website.