Monday, February 3 2014, 06:53 PM EST
Chris and Dorothy Rolle - Creating a Community of Hope
Children who are born into poverty and violence often feel there is no hope for a better future.
But in tonight's 'Pay it Forward' Sarah Jennings follows up on a couple that's committed to making a difference in their Chattanooga community.
This week's story unfolds outside an Avondale home - at a school bus stop.
Each day a husband and wife who live there wake up early to make sure the 40 or so students in their neighborhood are dressed in warm clothes and have a hearty start to their school day.
We FIRST introduced you to Chris and Dorothy Rolle in a GMC live report last month and since that broadcast 'Pay it Forward' entries have been rolling in, like the one from Wally Fortson who lives next door.
Wally tells me, "Rain, shine, sleet or snow they (the Rolles) will be over there feeding the kids, getting them breakfast every morning 'til the bus comes... They ain't rich or nothin' but they take their own money and buy stuff and feed 'em and then they give them chocolate, then they give them a little bag to carry to school with them."
Wally and I know the couple will soon pack up and see the kids off to class so we quickly count out our cash and make our way toward the crowd of children gathered under a tent.
Wally shouts, "Good morning" and everyone happily replies.
She walks up to Dorothy who's handing out food and snack bags and says, "On behalf of McMahan Law Firm and Channel 9 we want to 'Pay it Forward' and give ya'll $500."
Dorothy answers with a surprise, "What? Wow! Did ya'll hear that?" She quietly slips away as the shock gives way to tears of joy.
I ask Dorothy why she is sobbing. She takes my hand and says, "Sometimes people don't know it is such a struggle, but God provided and we've been prayin' and been prayin' and just askin' God to provide, to help us do this. We don't have it! We don't have it! people just don't know we don't have it, but we love these children and we love our community."
"We don't have the greatest setup. We don't have the finances we need to have but we do it because we know somebody has got to do something."
And, as long as they are able Chris and Dorothy will spend their mornings making children believe that their future extends far beyond their street corner.
Dorothy smiles and says, "You know, the children always say nobody don't care about 'em. But, this shows somebody somewhere cares about these children!"
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