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Avondale couple makes a difference one breakfast at a time

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For some students who catch the school bus in the Avondale community, their early mornings were filled with foul language, fights and junk food. That was until one couple decided to make a difference.

Chris and Dorothy Rolle have served breakfast for dozens of students everyday since school started.

Hours before sunrise Wednesday the Rolles are busy at work, picking up trash along the street and setting up a buffet of fruits, veggies and snacks.

It all began when they moved into the neighborhood about a year ago. Their first run in with the students at the bus stop across the street was dismal to say the least.

"We saw children cursing, using profanity," Chris says.

"They didn't feel like anybody cared and we wanted them to know that someone did care," adds Dorothy.

They set out a tent and food and sure enough the students came.

Before long the profanity and fighting stopped, the trash along the street was picked up. Students like Jahann Ellison had a place to go and someone to talk to.

"I love them so much," Ellison says.

"I feel like I left [my daughter] in good hands, they've developed a great bond and I really do appreciate what they do," says parent, Lakisha Nolan. 

The Rolles spend nearly $1,000 of their own money every month.

"We really can't afford it, to be honest, but we cannot afford not to do it," Dorothy says.

"We chose to live here instead of using that $979 to live in East Ridge or to live on HWY 58 or Ooltewah, which $1,000 a month we can live pretty comfortably but our heart is here," says Chris.
The Rolles say they were compelled to act without recognition and they'll continue to do so as long as there's a need.

"God won't release me. That's just the demand He's got on my heart to do this and I can't stop," Chris says with tears in his eyes.

The Rolles feed about 40 students a day on average. They sell produce and socks to keep the students fed, which makes them between $12 and $20 a day. While it is a financial hardship for them they say the outcome is well worth the cost.

If you would like to make a donation or help the Rolles call 423-771-5181.


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