AUGUSTA, Ga. – Skylar Moses spent much of her childhood assisting her family in helping people, but now she is leading the mission herself.
“I’ve always done community service since I’ve been 10,” Moses said. “My mom … she always got me involved with it, and so I wanted to do it myself this time.”
The 20-year-old Augusta Technical College student organized her own giveback project in front of Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Sunday afternoon. With the help of her friends, she gave out bags of toiletries and other necessities along with sandwiches and water bottles to the homeless.
They also took donations for their cause from supporters like Ryne Cox, an Augusta assistant district attorney.
“I think it’s a really positive thing,” Cox said. “A group of young people looking to improve their community and help people who are less fortunate than themselves. It’s a really positive and beautiful thing.”
Moses was raised in Evans by her mother Tina Moses, who encouraged helping with charitable activities of several organizations, like the Georgia Dental Society, of which Tina is president, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, of which Tina is a member.
“[Visiting] nursing homes … passing out gloves, blankets, hats … food baskets to the senior citizens in the community … making gift bags and activities for kids,” Tina said. “It makes me proud to know that at least a little bit of what we were trying to teach has instilled enough in her to be able to give back to her community and to want to do something about it.”
Several shelter residents and passersby, like MJ Brown, were appreciative of the effort as well.
“If they can come out and help people, it means a lot,” Brown said. “Guys like me appreciate it. It’s a great thing.”
Skylar Moses intends to repeat the event and hopes to extend it to care package deliveries for nursing homes and shelters. While this first event was small, she hopes it’s the start of something big.
“The organization that I would hope to put together over the next months and years is the … Moses and Friends Foundation,” she said. “That’s what we’re working on right now.”