Only in America?

Charles Cowling

Scheduling a funeral for a loved one is not easy, especially when you can’t afford one.

That’s the situation the family of Clementina Michelle Hagin, 34, found themselves in after her death Thursday.

On Saturday afternoon, Lynn Sims, Hagin’s pastor at Life Changing Outreach Ministries off Martintown Road in North Augusta, organized a car wash in an attempt to raise the $6,000 needed for the ceremony.

While Sims and the family try to raise the money, Hagin’s body is being kept at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home, owned by Charlie Reid.

“He wants us to let him know how much money we have on Monday,” Sims said. “She doesn’t have a policy, so we’re trying to do whatever we can to give him what he needs so that we can do something.”

Hagin’s three children and a number of her fellow church members were able to use the Pizza Hut parking lot, just outside the ministry’s front door, for their car wash.

Even as the temperature approached 100 degrees, the group continued to work, but it collected only $847 on Saturday.

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