Giving Your Best: Emily Williamson - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Giving Your Best: Emily Williamson

By Jennie Montgomery

Emily Williamson is the latest recipient of the WJBF News Channel 6 Giving Your Best award.

A student at Harlem High School, she is making a difference in the lives of others.

Emily believes everyone faces moments of hopelessness, and wants to remind people they aren't alone; rescue and hope are always possible. So, she formed a Facebook group called "Share Your Story", to encourage people who are hurting to reach out and get help.

"It's just to remind everyone that no matter what you're going through, no matter what you've been through, or what you may face in the future... always remember hope, because that's always there no matter what. I actually designed these t-shirts and it is our Facebook logo and we sold them at our concert that we had on July 27th to raise money for Eagle's Perch."

Emily lifts people up, by encouraging them to share what's got them down. She got the idea from the non-profit, "To Write Love on Her Arms."

"My friend came to my youth group and was talking about it and I was really inspired to start something local to help people here."

Emily's stepfather, Chris Ridlehoover, says she's a caring girl who is way beyond her tender years.

"Her mom and I, we just try to stand behind her and encourage her, and her dreams, and just be there for her and support her, and do whatever we can to help out."

With Emily, it's more like getting out of her way!

This 15-year old organized a fundraiser over the summer to benefit a local rehabilitation center.

"I'm extrememly proud of it and so thankful for everyone who played or volunteered in any kind of way, it means so much to me that they care."

And she wasn't shy about getting support for her event:

"We printed off like 900 flyers and harrassed businesses for a long time! And Facebook and friends, school, just texting each other, 'Hey, come to my show!"

This tenth grader has big goals and dreams for herself.

"10 years from now I hope to have my own rehab center opened up, you know, a cool place for teens to come and hang out and hear the word of God, and just to talk to them motivationally; and I also want to work in the behavior analysis unit of the FBI as my actual job."

Her former teacher, Jeanne Jenkins, was in on the surprise presentation.

"She's fantastic! She's always been fantastic -- she had a rough start when she was a little girl, but she has come so far beyond that. She's never let anything get her down and I wouldn't change one thing about her for anything in the world."

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