Category: Inspiration Station

Bringing Them Beds

By Jennifer Miller It all starts with a good night’s sleep. That’s the foundation for a good start and a healthy life. But what if you don’t have a bed? What if you sleep on a pallet on the floor with only a coat for a pillow? “We know our kids go to bed hungry,” says Pat Williams, one of the founders of ReStart Augusta who now serves as the volunteer CEO. “But where do they come from the night before.” Enter ReStart Augusta, a nonprofit started in January 2014 to provide beds for people who don’t have one. The...

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John’s World

By Dustin Turner   Michele D’Amico and her husband, Michael, a lieutenant for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, live in “John’s world”—and they are happy to do so. John is their 15-year-old son who lives with Krabbe (crab-A) disease. They’ve been told that at 15, he is one of the oldest living children in the world with the condition. The illness claims the lives of most children by 2 years, though some live to be 4 to 8. “John is wheelchair-bound. He has a feeding tube and a suction tube and is completely dependent on us,” Michele says. “But he...

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Giving Back To Those In Need

By Mary Ashton Mills For 7-year-old Chaiden Floyd of Thomson, cochlear implants for hearing have been a part of his life since he was 3 years old. Frequent therapy is an essential part of a routine to improve his hearing impairment and communication. In order for him to overcome his disability, he must detect a sound, hear the sound, pay attention to the sound, discriminate it and assign meaning to the sound. This type of auditory discrimination doesn’t come easily for those born with hearing loss. Countless hours in a therapist’s office have become a familiar part of the week...

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Teen Court

By Mary Ashton Mills   Often time teenagers make bad decisions. It’s all part of growing up—testing the boundaries and learning about the repercussions. Sometimes the decisions are worse than texting something rude to a friend or skipping class. Minor possession, theft, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana at school are all examples of arrests where most kids would love to have that coveted “get out of jail free” card. It is tough to explain to a teenager that one quick decision turned wrong can leave a scar so deep that it can change the course of their entire life,...

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Get On Up With JAMP

By Mary Ashton Mills   The sound grabs you right away and commands your attention. It’s the perfect blend of jazz and funk coupled with the signature “one beat” that stops you in your tracks as you think for just a moment about the music’s likeness to the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The band is part of an academy that is preserving the legacy of Mr. Brown himself. James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, known as JAMP, is not only safeguarding the legend’s legacy, but also fostering children’s interest in music at an early age by teaching music...

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