HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Liz Clemons will tell you that she's a dreamer. But she's also a woman who makes things happen. So when someone told us about her goal of doing something big for her kids, hundreds of them, we knew we had to pay it forward.
Liz is the director of the James A. Lane Boys and Girls Club in Huntsville. She has seen a lot of kids come and go in the almost 24 years she's been with the organization. “I have and it's a wonderful thing though, Jerry,” Liz said, “It is a wonderful thing to see so many kids come in and out of these doors. Some have succeeded, some have not; but our goal is to 'reach one and teach one.'”
Miss Liz has a goal too. She wants to build a multi-purpose cafeteria behind the James A. Lane club. “And our goal is, as you can see, is $270,000,” she said while pointing to a chart on the wall near the front door.
The club currently serves 200 children. “Look at the faces,” Liz said. ”It's a need right here.” A need to make sure the children get a good hot meal before they go home in the evening. Liz said, “Often times, when the kids come to this club and get a meal from us, that's the last meal they will have.”
She doesn’t want to send any child home hungry. She wants the people of Huntsville to know, “We have children here, right here in our own backyard, that are starving.”
It could take two years to raise the money and build the cafeteria. Miss Liz would like to see it done in 2017. We decided to pay it forward and plant a seed so her dream could grow. We gave her $319 dollars toward the cause. She thanked us and said the money is going to be put to a good use. “And I appreciate it so, so, so much and my children will appreciate it even more. Once we get it done Jerry, I hope y'all come back to visit and to see what this $319 dollars went toward,” she said.
I promised her we’d be back. I told her I wanted to come back and eat lunch with her and the kids. “You will,” she said. “I promise. Thank you so much.”