Serving others with Huntsville Dream Center inspires 6-year-old girl to author a book

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - If you've ever volunteered your time, you know you typically receive more than those you help. While volunteering with the Huntsville Dream Center, one little girl found a friendship that laid the framework for her first book.

"They came and brought us some gifts one Saturday and I noticed that she wasn't happy," Walter Vaughn, who lives at the Johnson Towers in Huntsville, said. "I went upstairs and got her some stuffies, some stuffed animals."

"He's the one that gave me a cow stuffie and I never ever had a cow stuffie before," Author Aleesa St. Julian said.

Vaughn and St. Julian have a friendship you could write a book about. In fact, she likes Vaughn so much, he's her main character.

"My mom was writing a book and I decided I wanted to write a book," St. Julian said.

So, St. Julian and her mother penned the story, 'The Day I Met Walt." To enjoy the book, you might be interested in the back story.

"I lied to my parents and that's what the story is really about," St. Julian said.

"I tried to cheer her up and so I think I tried to sing 'Amazing Grace' and a big old smile came on her face," Vaughn said. "I didn't know it was her favorite song."

St. Julian said their friendship is founded on faith.

"I want parents to teach their kids how to get closer to God and use their gifts to help others," St. Julian said.

'The Day I Met Walt' is a tale based on a true story.

"That's a precious friendship because the little children are going to be our next generation, and by you being nice to them when they're growing up, they'll never forget it," Vaughn said.

If you would like to have your own copy of St. Julian's first book, she is inviting everyone to a book signing scheduled for October 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Dream Center. Half of all proceeds from the books will be donated to the Huntsville Dream Center.

Because service is so important to her, she also challenges everyone to join her, her family and the Huntsville Dream Center earlier that day for Servolution Saturday.