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Hometown Heroes

We are highlighting four locals that have impacted our community in big ways

Article by Bailey Morris and Michelle W. Parnell

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Augusta City Lifestyle

There are many things that make our community so great and one of those things is the people who live here. So many people have helped, given, and supported those who needed it. We talked with four amazing people who make our town home.

Cora Bella Bruce, Co-Founder

W.L.J. Angel Gowns

W.L.J. Angel Gowns, a nonprofit organization based in Augusta, was founded by Cora Bella Bruce and her daughter, Kayla Johnson, in memory of Kayla’s son Wyatt, who passed away just a few hours after being born. “We take donated wedding gowns and formal dresses and transform them into angel gowns and angel wraps for families who suffer infant loss,” explains Cora. “We also provide memory packages, both nationally and internationally, to families who have suffered infant loss and provide Cuddle Cots to hospitals in Georgia.”

W.L.J. Angel Gowns needs volunteer seamstresses and knitters/crocheters. For more information on how to volunteer with or support this organization, or to request an angel gown or memory package, visit or follow W.L.J. Angel Gowns on Facebook.

Jim Ellis

Jim Ellis, a paramedic with Gold Cross EMS, has lived in the CSRA since 1986. “I came here as a medic in the Army and went to EMT school while I was in Fort Gordon,” says Jim. Even as a little kid, Jim knew he wanted a career in the medical field. Growing up, he enjoyed watching TV shows like M*A*S*H and Emergency! “Healthcare is what I’ve always wanted to do,” says Jim.


Quinn Shelt, Miss Augusta

Miss Augusta, Quinn Shelt, is on a mission to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. As a child, Quinn volunteered at assisted living homes in the CSRA. There she learned about Alzheimer’s and how it affects people. Wanting to help raise awareness for this disease, Quinn started Amplifying Alzheimer’s Awareness, her Social Impact Initiative to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. 

For more information on how you can help, please visit

Matt Lever

Prodigal Ministries

Wanting to create a safe place and provide help for men with addictions, Matt Lever started Prodigal Ministries, a faith-based non-profit recovery home. At Prodigal Ministries, men are given daily support and reminded about God’s love for them. “A lot of people don’t have a support group and they go back to the house where people get high every night. We teach them how to create a life they don’t want to escape from,” says Matt.

For more information about Prodigal Ministries or to see how you can help,

  • Jim Ellis
  • Quinn Shelt
  • Cora Bella Bruce
  • Matt Lever