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The Lydia Project Supports Women Facing Cancer

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The Bible talks about a woman called Lydia in the city of Philippi who sold purple material, making money to help those in need.

There's a group right here in Augusta that's following that model.

News Channel 6's Kimberely Scott takes us inside The Lydia Project.

When you walk through the doors of the Daksha Chudgar Lydia house you quickly realize that it's more than beautiful handbags with purple handles they send to cancer patients.

It's an oasis of love, support and generosity.

"It's help for women with any diagnosis for cancer," explains executive director, Michelle Canchola.

She says they do more than send out bags:  the Lydia House is a home away from home for women to stay when they travel to Augusta for cancer treatments.

"An example of 24-hours, yesterday we turned the water back on for a woman, stopped the electricity from being cut off and paid for two woman they prescriptions that they needed."

Kylie Coffey knows first hand how much the loving hands at Lydia can make a difference.
"My mom passed away when I was 15 and she was constantly involved with Lydia."

Her mother was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and served as a volunteer for many years with Lydia. When the time came for Kylie to do her senior project, Lydia was the first name on her list.

"I wanted to get involved and do something that meant a lot to my mom cause it means a lot to me as well."

The Lydia House contains more than office space; it also has a living facility with 10 guest rooms, two beds each, all with private bathrooms. There's a common area, fully-equipped kitchen (with food, if the patient can't get out to a restaurant), an eating area, patio and library filled with donated books and magazines.

In another part of the building volunteers work with donated fabric, cutting, measuring and even sewing... all to create complimentary bags that carry the message of faith, hope and love.

"I am excited that Lydia is tapping volunteers nationwide, but that's what helps our ministry grow by using the support of volunteers willing to give their support."

Volunteers sew, send out free bags, write monthly notes, and pray weekly for the women facing treatments. There are also bags, cookbooks and bracelets for sale, which helps the organization raise money.

Lydia is a faith-based, independent charity. It operates solely on donation and all donations are tax-deductible.

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