HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Christmas is arriving early for a number of nonprofits around the Tennessee Valley. To celebrate 150 years in Huntsville, Laughlin Funeral Home is donating more than 50,000 dollars in grants to ten local nonprofit organizations.
“We are thrilled to get this check. Because this will go a long way in helping many more of our clients. We are very rich county with very poor people," said Gayla Kidd, director of the Huntsville Assistance Program.
Kidd says the $5,000 will go a long way to help the working poor who are serviced by the program. Many of their clients are on limited incomes and need the assistance
“You know we work with families every day and we serve the community. And are very proud and honored to be able to do that and the community has been so supportive of us, for all these years. That we wanted to do something to give back to the community," said Sarah Chappell, vice president of Laughlin Funeral Home.
Chappell says the money is their way of saying thanks to Huntsville for supporting them through the years.
“Huntsville is such a giving, caring, supportive community. Such a great volunteer base, such a philanthropic community,” added Chappell.
Thousands of dollars presented to other organizations like Eula Battel’s Free 2 Teach program, will help teachers in school systems throughout the county with much-needed supplies for their classroom. Also, Madison County’s Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound. Their check will go towards purchasing a forklift to help them distribute supplies to build wheelchair ramps.
“The volunteers, we’re doing that by hand, so now we will be able to operate more efficiently and more effectively and be able to get the ramp pre-builts done in a more efficient way,” said Ann Anderson, Director of CASA of Madison County.
“Five thousand dollars, we can multiply that and make it anywhere between twenty and twenty-five thousand dollars, with our purchasing power. So, we’re very excited about that," said Eula Battle, Executive Director of Free 2 Teach.
Other nonprofits that will receive grants include: Hunter Stephenson Rescue Center- Felines and Canines, Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s Hospice Family Cares, Huntsville-Madison County Rescue Squad, Community Free Dental Clinic, Not One More Alabama, Second Mile Development, and The Land Trust of North Alabama.