Joy McGahee scholarship

Eric Foster, left, presents Marcus Thomas, with the Joy McGahee scholarship.

A local resident has created a platform to inspire acts of charity and service and motivate others to reach their full potential.

Get After it Now, which goes by G.A.I.N., uses three principles – fortitude, diligence and obedience – to inspire people. The nonprofit has hosted a few charitable events that have impacted locals between Miami Gardens and Overtown.

“My passion for helping people got me into this. We empower people to make them feel good about themselves so they can become what their heart desires,” said Eric Foster, president, and CEO of G.A.I.N.

On July 20, he plans to give book bags to the community and make it a family fun day with food games with live music. The event will take place at Arcola Park, located at 1680 NW 87 St., in Miami.

“I know some kids are going to school without the proper supplies. I just like to help so it can alleviate the pressure at home,” said Foster. As a teacher I know it’s not their fault sometimes; I just want to be the helping hand.”

He wants to increase the efforts so more people can receive. Currently, he is preparing for the next book-bag giveaway with Three Helping Hands and Zero Glory, two nonprofits run by FIU students.

G.A.I.N. was founded by Foster in April 2017. His first major event was a book-bag drive he organized with Florida International University in September 2018. About 150 book bags were given out to families in Miami. In November 2018, he organized a 7 on 7 Turkey Bowl football game in Lejeune Gardens apartments. He gave out turkeys, which brought out about 700 people.

In December 2018, Foster hosted a sock-and-food drive for residents of Over

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