Monday, January 27 2014, 03:50 PM EST
Bus Stop Breakfast Served by Avondale Couple
One bus stop on Dodson Ave in East Chattanooga is using a hearty breakfast to reach the hearts and minds of children in the community.
Dorothy and Christopher Rolle moved to their Avondale home about a year ago, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
"I saw a lot of needs in the community," said Dorothy Rolle.
"There was a lot of negative activity at the bus stop across the street, cursing, fighting," said Christopher Rolle.
The Rolles quickly learned the violent reputation of their new community. About two months ago a person was shot a block away from their home.
"We want to try and show them there is something positive in your neighborhood that you can adapt to," said "Christopher.
The couple felt their best way to make an impact would be to help the children-- set them on a better path.
"We try to reach out to them and show them love," said Dorothy.
So every morning, even if the temperature is well below freezing, Dorothy, Christopher, and a few others set up breakfast for the kids at the bus stop.
"It makes me feel like they care about me," said Elijah Robinson, 12.
Robinson is dropped off every day by his mother.
"It's safe here," said Laqueenna Robinson, "with them [Dorothy and Christopher] being here and doing what they're doing in the community, they're good people."
The Rolles provide a hearty breakfast and snacks to about 40 students a day. They also give away winter coats and gloves. In return, they demand respect and a positive attitude.
"Theres a whole different outlook now," said Christopher, "the cursing has stopped. They know that this is a no tolerance zone over here."
Dorothy says the food is just the beginning of building a promising community out of her front yard.
"We try to encourage them to make the best of what they have and move on," said Dorothy.
And the message is sinking in.
"It's a lot of fun to be a part of something so small yet so big," said Johann Ellison.
The Rolles use some donations, but mainly money out of their own pocket to fund the breakfast. They also give away free coats for anyone in the community.
Christopher says he would like to see more bus stop breakfasts throughout the city.
To make a donation or get involved you can email: Loveexpressed423@gmail.com
By Drew Bollea