Academy Programs began serving at-risk children and families since 2002 with the philosophy of RE-EDucation.
The Academy serves its community and state by providing residential and in-home services for children with behavioral disorders.
The children of Academy Programs decided to give back to the community this holiday season with a clothing drive for Hope Incorporated, a non-profit domestic violence organization.
The children planned, organized, and advertised their clothing drive to their peers and staff at Academy Programs.
Then, they inspected and cleaned enough clothes to fill a dozen 55 gallon bags.
"The kids found it important because they were able to give a part of themselves to the community. I think growing up you're always looking to leave that imprint on something or on someone. I think this is a great opportunity for them to do that," said Kelley Lemons, Team Leader at Academy Programs.
Hope Inc. was on hand Tuesday to accept the clothing. It said the children has helped hundreds of others that were affected by domestic violence without even realizing it.