Hometown Hero: Riverside High Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As athletes, you see them running up and down the court. But as members of Riverside High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, you will find them walking the walk.

“Last year, after lots of prayer, we got a $5,000 donation,” said Karlee Bolen, FCA President. “We used that money to buy things for people in need, clothing and toys for their kids.”

From making it a point to connect with the elderly to helping with national fundraisers, these students are making an impact. Beyond community members, they are helping some of the people they sit next to in class, providing buss vouchers so they can get to and from tutoring and even filling the shelves at the schools food pantry.

“It allows the kids at our school, who don’t have food to go home to their families and have a meal,” Bolen said.

“It's a great feeling, it's a warmth in my heart and you get that feeling like, oh, I helped somebody out that was less fortunate than I am,” said Lucyndel Wade with Riverside High FCA.

Bolen, president of the Riverside Chapter, said it’s as much about spreading hope as it is spreading the word.

“I've had lots of kids come up to me and ask me how can I do this, how can I help others and I just tell them exactly what I do,” Bolen said. “I just worship Christ, Christ comes first, and all of these things will be added unto you.”

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