HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kids to Love hosted its 10th annual scholarship luncheon today at the Huntsville Museum of Art. 32 young people in foster care are getting some help to reach their dream of going to college, thanks to more than two dozen businesses and individuals.
One of those deserving young people is 19-year-old Brittany Chaffin of Cullman. She spent four years in foster care. Like any other kid, she has dreams of doing something with her life. She wants to ”Get my own license for cosmetology. Have my own shop.” And she’s getting a full scholarship after Kids to Love shared Brittany’s story with the Salon Professional Academy of Huntsville. “That’s a huge blessing to me,” she told us, “because I would have had to do student loans and all that and now I don’t have to.” When she graduates, Brittany wants to work at her aunt’s shop in Cullman. Smiling, she said, “I want to follow in her footsteps.”
“We all need a place to call home and that’s where our family is, wherever home is.” says Nancy Buckner. She’s Alabama’s Commissioner for the Department of Human Resources. She drove up from Montgomery and says she was impressed with she saw at the scholarship luncheon. “I’m just amazed at the brilliance among these young people,” she told us. “And it just touches my heart to see so many different entities from the community under Lee Marshall’s leadership or guidance coming together to support these children.”
Since 2005, Kids to Love has awarded 415 scholarships to local kids in foster care. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” That’s what Kids to Love is trying to do for deserving foster children.