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E. Texas teenagers making a difference in the community

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Members of the group went to an area assisted living home to deliver Valentines to residents. Members of the group went to an area assisted living home to deliver Valentines to residents.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

A group of East Texas teenagers have made a commitment to make a difference in the lives of other people.

A dozen young ladies at Longview High School, all part of the Forever Friends mentoring program, collected more than 500 coats in the annual Coats for Kids campaign.

"We put in a lot of hard work. We made the posters, we decorated the boxes," said Keyome Rodgers, a senior. "Anything that I can do to help somebody else, I'll do it. That's basically what it is. I want to help somebody else."

From collecting winter coats, to delivering Valentine's cards to assisted living cards, their mission is simple. Some are shy and reserved when they join, but the group quickly changes their perspective. Sponsored by Longview Partners in Prevention, each girl has a mentor, someone they can talk to and draw advice from.

"I'm really thankful that I have somebody I can talk to about basically anything," says Destiny Smith.

For members, the effort to help the community in any way is empowering: making their lives better, by making other lives better.

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