Posted by Spencer Koch | Posted in Entertainment Updates | Posted on 24-09-2011
Tags: Water, Water Community
LOGANVILLE, GA– This week I was sent to cover a water-main break in Gwinnett County.
It left dozens of homes without power or running water.
I did what I would normally do on any breaking news story- grabbed my camera and rushed to Loganville.
Little did I know, I’d find a story within the story once I arrived.
Children from the Hope Center had collected more than 4,000 bottles of water.
They then went door to door until they reached every home in the Gwinnett Estates mobile home park.
“I was really happy every time I saw a person smile,” said Brenda Vasquez. ”It helps us to understand that there are other people who need more than us.”
It is just one of the many lessons they learn each day at the Center.
The Hope Center was started two years ago after a shooting in Gwinnett Estates.
The community has nearly 200 families of first and second generation Mexican immigrants.
Graystone Community Church was able to buy that same trailer, renovate it, and open the Hope Center.
Now, it’s a place where the kids can come every day afterschool.
They get help with their homework and have a little fun, but most importantly, learn how just how big of a difference they can make.
The Hope Center also provides English lessons to parents every Tuesday and Thursday.
The water drive was so successful, the children have already started planning other community projects.