HOMETOWN HERO: Felicia Bland

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) Song and dance -- one organization uses those methods to reach area children facing serious issues like bullying.

Fighting bullying and violence is the mission of Gifts of Praise.

"Youth are our passion -- just their well-being and wanting to make them better citizens and wanting to provide a place and forum for them to feel comfortable to be able to express their concerns," said Felicia Bland, with Gifts of Praise.

They use talents like singing, dancing and acting to help area children facing tough issues.

"She has an unusual technique, but it's a technique that fixes the children today," said Lana Lovejoy, who knows Bland.

Bland and her cousin, Minister Darren Bush, say skits can be more effective than lectures when it comes to reaching children.

Bland says silence doesn't mean bullying isn't a problem.

"Sometimes we don't know it because kids are not comfortable with sharing those problems. Sometimes they think they are alone. Sometimes they think they don't have a place or a way to express that, maybe I'm feeling this, or maybe this is happening to me," she said.

That's why they started the organization -- offering awareness and solutions.

"Anyone we can connect with that can give professional advice, and of course, Minister Bush gives the spiritual advice," Bland said.

"When you get bullied in school, just know that God is with you and stay strong," said Tamaya Cole, who saw Gifts of Praise perform.

for using her talent to help children find a safer community, we honor Felicia Bland as this week's Hometown Hero.

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