Willie "Coolie" Myrick has been busy of late fulfilling a personal mission in Thomson.
It's something he's wanted to do for a long time.
And now that he's a successful businessman, he's been able to turn that dream into a reality.
That mission: Giving back to those less fortunate in the community.
"It's a real blessing to be able to touch the lives of a lot of children within our community," said Mr. Myrick, owner of Prime Time Carwash in Thomson.
"It really makes me feel good to give back."
Mr. Myrick was busy as could be last Friday, hosting a Back-to-School Bash in the Pitt Street neighborhood, which drew about 1,000 students of all ages.
There, an assortment of school supplies were distributed needing them before school bells rang in another year on Thursday of this week in McDuffie County.
"Giving back is what it's all about," said Mr. Myrick.
While talking to children and adults who gathered at the recreational park, Mr. Myrick recalled his childhood, growing up in that area and wanting someday to make a difference.
"I want to be a positive influence on the children growing up in Thomson and McDuffie County," said Mr. Myrick.
"I appreciate everybody who has helped to make this dream of mine successful."
Guest speakers for the event at Pitt Street included Vonteego Cummings, a local resident, who plays professional basketball in the European League and Demarco McNair, a personal trainer at the Family Y in Thomson.
It's really helped a lot of less fortunate kids, he pointed out.
He personally thanked the firefighters with the Thomson Fire Rescue, the staff of the McDuffie County Health Department and Dr. Bill Jopling for supporting the give-away of school supplies.
"Without these people and a lot of others, none of this would have been possible," said Mr. Myrick.
"I just praise the Lord for allowing us to be able to do this."
Giving back continued on Monday with several certified local barbers giving free hair cuts to area youth at the Human Development Center in Thomson.
For five hours, the following barbers cut the hair of students: Rock Hudson, Anthony Moss, Terell McGahee, Sha-Vee, Pete Butts, Ant Hamilton, Regus, Frankie Carter, Fabian Bailey and Mr. Myrick.