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Non-profit gives seven Waco ISD students makeover before start of school year

Children ride limousine as part as makeover Children ride limousine as part as makeover
Waco ISD students receive clothes and school supplies as part of makeover Waco ISD students receive clothes and school supplies as part of makeover
School supplies Road to Damascus gave to children participating in makeover School supplies Road to Damascus gave to children participating in makeover
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

On Friday, seven students from the Waco Independent School District who earned As and Bs in school and had a perfect attendance received a makeover, thanks to a non-profit organization.

The Road to Damascus, a Christian-based one stop resource center that works with at risks kids, gave students from ages 6 to 11 haircuts, donated school supplies that would last them for a month and clothes.

The four girls and three boys from low-income single parent homes also received a limousine ride to Buffalo Wild Wings where they enjoyed a free meal.

"This is going to show them that there is a community out there that cares about them and want to see them do well in school and we stand behind them 100 percent in anything they do," Road to Damascus Founder Mia Thomas said."We want those kids to know that we stand behind them. We believe in their dreams. They're our future and we just want to be a blessing to those kids."

The event also aims to help single parents who are supporting several children. 

"Some of them working two jobs to make ends meet. I just wanted to be a blessing to those parents and help them to alleviate the stress that they may have caused cause when you have one or two kids... who need assistance," Thomas said.

Single mother Becky Hernandez has four boys, including future second grader Zaviure Sadler, who participated in the makeover. 

"He was able to stay in A or AB honor roll so I'm very proud of him," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said it can be difficult at times providing for four children.

"We get what we need but with their help and what they were able to do with him and for him, it was a real blessing," Hernandez said.

She added this event is giving her seven-year-old more than she could. 

"He would've gotten things that he needed but not to the extent, they were able to help us with on [Friday]," Hernandez said.

Aisha Walker whose seven-year-old daughter who participated in the makeover said the event is very helpful. 

"I'm thankful. I'm proud of all the children. You see I'm blushing because I'm really proud of mine," Walker said.

This is the first year Road to Damascus does this type of back to school event.

Thomas said the event was in a smaller scale to focus on the children who did fairly well in their academics and attendance. 

The non-profit also provides an after school program and a summer meal program. 

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