News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It wasn't just any given Sunday at Hudson Memorial Church. It was a Sunday dedicated to helping kids who are sometimes forgotten.
This Sunday's service was about raising money for students at Tubman Education Center, an alternative school in Richmond County.
Abigail Bowman, a high school math teacher there, says, "So often, you know, the education center not being a regular school but an alternative school, we oftentimes get overlooked."
One Augusta church has made it their mission to make sure the students at Tubman Education Center are taken care of, so they can focus on their academics.
Rev. Larry Friar says, "By being holistic when it comes to children, we can provide as many things they need in addition to their academics."
The church has taken the school under its wing, helping to provide items like school uniforms for the students who can't afford them.
"You know a high school or middle school student doesn't want to come to school not confident in what they're wearing, so the clothes and donations can really help boost their confidence," Bowman said.
Rev. Friar says clothes are just the beginning of what these kids need.
"Food, when it comes to shelter, when it comes to clothing, when it comes to all those things that help to make up a child," he said.
The project is all about paying it forward.
"So that when they become successful, when they become leaders, they will reach back and bring somebody else up also whose in need," Friar said.
The church started the project two years ago. They've recently started a clothing closet: a place where people can donate uniforms for the students and other clothes the kids need like jackets and scarves.