A group of East Texas teenagers has made a commitment to make a difference in the lives of other people.
A dozen young ladies at Longview High School, all part of the Forever Friends mentoring program, collected more than 500 coats in the annual Coats for Kids campaign.
East Texas News meteorologist Cedric Haynes was there to award the group for their hard work.
"We put in a lot of hard work, we made the posters we decorated the boxes," said Longview High senior Keyome Rodgers. "Anything that I can do to help somebody else, I'll do it. That's basically what it is, I want to help somebody else,"
From collecting winter coats , to delivering Valentine cards, to assisted living residents, their mission is simple.
"It just feels good that we can actually make a difference with peoples lives," said Forever Friends member Destiny Smith.
Some are shy and reserved when they join, but the group quickly changes their perspective.
"Actually I used to be very shy, and I figured that this would open me up more and it has," said sophomore Zoe Bailey.
Sponsored by Longview Partners in Prevention, each girl has a mentor, someone they can talk to and draw advice from.
"Oh these girls are great, they support each other and these girls are all about giving," said mentor Melinda Whitehurst.
For members , the effort to help the community in any way is empowering.
"Anything you can do to help somebody, do it. Because it will pay off in some way," said Rodgers.
The group collected more than 500 coats during the drive in October.
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