The people of the Tennessee Valley never cease to amaze me. I have always known there is something special about where I'm from and it is definitely the people. Most recently, what reminded me of this fact was a story we aired last week. A Madison County couple responded to the needs of a man they did not even know even while mourning the loss of a loved one.
On Sunday, June 3rd, FOX54 reporter Rebecca Shlien introduced us to Lewie Gilchrist, a paralyzed Decatur man who had his motor scooter stolen, leaving him very limited in his mobility. That's where Tommy and Tina Buchanan come in.
About a month ago, Tommy lost his father. But before he died, Tommy's dad got a new motor scooter to help him get around. When the Buchanan's saw Lewie's story on FOX54, they immediately responded by offering the gently used chair as a replacement for the chair that was stolen.
The Buchanan's weren't the only ones who responded to the need. We had several people call and offer assistance. And, that just goes to show you the kindness and generosity that is alive and well in the Valley. You may not see it every day. But, if someone is in need, our people are there to help.
Those are the stories that encourage me to do what I do, people at their best and lives being touched.