Meet April “Do the Right Thing” Winner: Lilah Rogers


TRENTON, Ga. (WDEF) — She may be small, but she has a big heart for helping others.

Lilah Rogers is only 8, but she’s doing a lot for her church, and the homeless – even at such a young age.

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That’s why Lilah is this month’s Do the Right Thing winner.

Lilah may seem shy, but she’s doing big things for the homeless in the Tennessee Valley.

“I had seen a woman that had no shoes on, and she was walking barefooted, and I thought I could save up some money to give to her to buy her some shoes,” Lilah said.

A group from Lilah’s church, Canaanland Baptist in Trenton, Georgia, joins other churches in ministering to the Chattanooga homeless every couple of months.

Several young people like to help out, including Lilah.

“Lilah has, she’s really jumped in there, she really loves it, and has really helped a lot,” said Pastor Darren Rogers, Canaanland Baptist Church. “She’ll help pack stuff. She’s been known to hand out drinks, give out waters, different things, helped to hand out food.”

But Lilah’s fundraising efforts for the ministry started with a New Year’s resolution.

“She had stated that she wanted to raise money to help those that are homeless, and to help them to be able to eat, so that they could stay alive, and she’s been true to her word,” Pastor Rogers said.

He says she’s raised between $500 and $700 so far this year, and she’s getting plenty of community support.

“People will mail checks to the church to give to her so that she can present it to the ministry,” Pastor Rogers said. “People will walk up to me on the street, hand me money to give to Lilah for her ministry. It’s really helped out.”

Since she just turned 8, Lilah says she’s using her birthday and tooth fairy money to benefit the homeless ministry, as well.

Rogers says Lilah is a good role model to lots of people, even at such a young age.

“She touches a lot of lives – not just the less fortunate, but she touches the lives of all of the individuals around her because of this,” he said.

If you would like to help with Lilah’s fundraising efforts, you can send donations to:

Lilah’s Project

Canaanland Baptist Church

P.O. Box 713

Trenton, GA 30752

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’