(Memphis) Shirley Williams is usually the one helping others.
“It will be 30 years this year that we’ve been feeding the homeless,” she said.
But now, the Mid-South is helping her.
“There is still love in the world,” she said.
Williams keeps donated items at a storage facility, then gives away coats, toys and other items at the dinner.
But she’s been very sick and couldn’t pay the storage bill, which was nearly $1,100.
The donation items was about to be sold at auction if she didn’t pay up, but after we ran her story Wednesday, you opened your hearts and wallets.
A woman who wanted to remain anonymous paid the storage bill in full, and gifts kept pouring in.
“Another person called in and they paid, that’s July. Another person called in and they paid til September, so the community is calling and trying to do what they can,” Williams said.
While some phoned in help, others showed up to the storage facility, like Kit Poe from Collierville.
“I said, ‘She pays for all of it herself,’ and I thought that was a real testimony,” Poe said. “I’m just glad she has all the money she needs for now.”
Williams’ prayers are answered.
“I thank you Channel 3 from the bottom of my heart for getting the message out,” she said.
And she says you all confirmed what she already knew – that Memphis has heart.
“Memphis is in the volunteer state and it has always taken care of its own. If there is a need, there are people are people here to meet your need,” Williams said.
She is now hoping to find an empty warehouse where they can keep the items in the future so this won’t happen again.