Karen Palmertree, who works at Haik-Humble Eye Center, never imagined her morning would start like this.
She gets to Pay it Forward $300 and she’s giving it to Grace Place Ministries, which serves lunch to those in need
“I had just helped a gentleman at McDonald’s earlier who was just sitting there with his backpack with a glass of ice water and I just gave him $5 and said ‘man, get you something to eat,'” said Palmertree. “So, when I saw your sign I was like, ‘oh my Gosh, there are so many homeless people in our immediate area that we need to help.'”
And Palmertree has no idea this $300 is provided by her employer, Haik-Humble Eye Center.
“My name is Jeslin and on behalf of Haik-Humble Eye Center, we’d love to pay it forward.”
So we head to 1600 Jackson St. in Monroe…to surprise the folks at Grace Place.
“We’re here today to help you,” Palmertree explained to Pat Evans, who runs Grace Place Ministries.
“Oh, well good! Thank you, thank you!” said Evans.
“My name is Karen Palmertree and I just happened to meet the people and I want to pay it forward to you because I think that what you’re doing is great,” said Palmertree.
“Thank you!” said Evans.
Grace Place has been serving lunch and providing clothes for locals in need for 10 years.
“In the summertime we serve over 300 people per meal Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 100 of those are children,” Evans explained.
Evans and her husband Charles run the soup kitchen, which on an average day, serves about 200.
She says this money will go a long way.
“We have good hot meals,” she said. “Very seldom [do we have] sandwiches. It’s just going to go toward that and also to the utilities. We’re a faith based ministry. We never know when the next dollar is coming in.”
Grace Place Ministries accepts donations Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, which the help of local churches, serves lunch on the same days from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, visit: www.graceplaceministries.org