HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - (WHNT) For most people, the lessons we learn as a child stay with us for the rest of our lives. Fran Frederick of Huntsville is taking one of those life lessons and living it daily. The trunk of her car is usually packed with items most of us would keep on hand for an emergency. That includes blankets, bottled water, food and jackets. But the supplies aren’t for her. It’s to help people who are homeless survive on the street.
“I just want to be able to give, to give back and this is my way, Fran said. “This is my city. I mean, I love this city.” Huntsville is where she grew up with her twin sister Kay. They learned early about giving to others. It started with watching their mother play piano for people at the Rescue Mission. Fran recalls sitting next to her mother, “I was eight. I would look out and everybody's waving at me. They know me by name and there is no doubt about it, somewhere along the way that's where I just wanted to give.”
So she started collecting blankets, jackets, bottled water and other items. Fran and her friends would give them to people on the streets who are in need or donate to organizations like the tent city project, the Salvation Army and the Rose of Sharon.
Her friends saw her passion for helping others and started collecting too. “You are going to make me cry. I'm serious,” she said. “It is the most beautiful thing in the world to see people doing that and giving back.” The donations filled up the trunk of her car. “It's just been a blessing and it's not something that I really asked for anyone to do,” she added. They just did it on their own and it has been something beautiful. ”
Having the heart of a servant has turned into a year round effort. So we gave Fran $319 dollars to continue the giving. She looked at me and said, “Are you kidding me? No, this will all go to blankets and jackets. Thank you so much. Oh thank you.”
She looked at me and said again, “Thank you,” before saying “I'm sorry,” as she wiped away a tear. It’s okay Fran. Tears of joy are always okay.