Churches come together to provide winter coats for Harrisburg children

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email
Good Neighbor Ministries gave out coats to students in Harrisburg. (WRDW-TV)

Good Neighbor Ministries gave out coats to students in Harrisburg. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 This Morning / Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As the temperatures start dropping, it's time to start pulling out those winter coats, but for some, those coats don't exist. One group in Harrisburg is working to make sure that's not the case for your kids.

They donated winter coats to the students at Lamar-Milledge Elementary School and it was all smiles as the kids tried on their new outerwear.

"It's a really nice thing to do to donate to somebody your own jacket," said fifth grader Joseph Judy.

And 160 students, kindergarten through fifth grade, received the coats from Good Neighbor Ministries.

"It's like Christmas in November," said Principal Raye Robinson. "The Good Neighbor Ministries to us are like angels. They answer prayer and today a prayer was answered for 160 students in this building."

"I'm gonna wear this jacket, and I don't got no other jacket," said one fifth grade student.

And he's not the only one. They say for many of these students, this may be the only real winter coat they have.

"Children, many times, do not have the change-of-season clothes," said Gloria Norwood, founder of Good Neighbor Ministries. "Our weather is so warm, but they need warmer clothing for winter and this season."

The donation was organized by two churches, Wesley United Methodist in Columbia County and St. Luke's in Harrisburg.

"We were looking for a great place to give these coats out and some place that needed coats and these kids in this community here in Harrisburg, they need opportunities like this," said Adam Hilderbrandt with Wesley United Methodist Church. "They need things that some of us take for granted."

They say bringing the coats into the city keeps the giving local and helps close the gap between the suburbs and downtown Augusta.

"Sometimes Columbia County gets a little segmented away from Richmond County and we wanted to build a bridge between what we're doing in Columbia County and what's happening here in the Harrisburg community," Hilderbrandt said.

"Harrisburg needs the attention of all of its neighbors and Columbia County is our neighbor just like Summerville is our neighbor," Norwood said.

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