ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - There’s an organization in Limestone County devoted to helping other organizations and has been for the past 30 years. The Athens-Limestone Foundation for Aging is usually giving out money and assistance, but this time, the group is on the receiving end.
WHNT NEWS 19 was in cahoots with Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks who set up a meeting to surprise Foundation Chair Helen Carter with $319.
It's much needed money for an organization that does so much, like supporting CASA’s effort to give air conditioning units and space heaters to elderly residents or help feed the home bound.
"We eliminated the Meals on Wheels waiting list for Limestone County," explains Carter. "We no longer have a waiting list because of the funds that we were able to funnel through and purchase extra meals.”
Carter says the Foundation for Aging was established to enhance programs that already exist.
"We have also donated to Hospice of Limestone County and the Birdie Thornton Center," says Carter. "We’ve done lots of things with the money, especially helping out with the senior center. We buy extra equipment for them. We’ve done renovations at some of the buildings because they are old.”
This type of work is sustained by fundraisers and donations, so the Pay it Forward cash surprise will be put to good use.