Shenetta Moore - Honoring a Single Mother's Sacrifices
Every day millions of single parents work around-the-clock to make ends meet.
This week we meet a Chattanooga woman who wants to lend a helping hand to her hard working friend.
Qualeka Alqadri worries a lot about her best friend, Shenetta Moore.
Qualeka says, "She's a single parent and she works at KFC on Broad St. She has kids of her own, so it's kind of rough with her right now."
When Shenetta's not at the restaurant she's taking care of her three young sons - and now her sick mother. Shenetta's mom suffered a stroke and a brain aneurism earlier this year.
"It's basically an around-the-clock job. She has to be there with her 24-7. So, she basically works her first job so she can make ends meet," Qualeka says.
Qualeka is anxious to 'Pay it Forward' and points us to Shenetta's house about a block-and-a half away. We waste no time counting out our cash surprise.
Qualeka walks up to Shenetta's front door and asks her to come outside.
A surprised Shenetta says, "Yes mam. How are you doing today? I've been trying to call your phone."
Qualeka tells her she's fine and asks her friend to hold out her hand.
Right there on the doorstep Qualeka says, "On behalf of McMahan Law Firm and from NewsChannel 9 I would like to 'Pay it Forward' to you."
Shenetta is in shock and asks in a near whisper,"For real?"
"Yes! I wan't to pay you $500," Qualeka assures her friend.
A grateful Shenetta exclaims, "Oh my! Thank you!"
Their friendship has withstood the test of time despite overwhelming adversity.
I have to ask, "How do you do it?"
Shenetta's reply is surprisingly simple. "I pray everyday. I get on my knees and pray to God and He keeps me forward. He keeps me moving forward."
It's in her faith she finds the strength and endurance to embrace whatever life happens to toss her way and to NEVER give up.
Shenetta glances toward the clouds and tells me, "It's out of the heart. She took care of me when I was a little girl, so I just do it, you know. I do it. Every time I get extra hours to go in - I go in."
Shenetta perseveres with a smile.
"Once I wake up every morning and look at my family, my mother and my kids... Oh my! It's amazing. You know, you can't do nothing but do it, you know?"
Since meeting Shenetta we've learned her mother has suffered another stroke. Shenetta's mom has since returned home from the hospital. We're told that with each passing day her mother's condition seems to be improving.
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