CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- On a warm fall Saturday morning in October, several members of the Covenant baseball and softball teams took time away from campus to lend a helping hand in the community.
A tree had fallen on the house of Pat Scales in April and insurance would not cover any repairs on the house until the tree was removed.
Through a Covenant connection (Anna Katharine Horne '14) connecting Mrs. Sales through her work at Metropolitan Ministries to Chris Robinson (adjunct professor of sociology at Covenant) to Project 52 which then reached out to the Covenant Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the student-athletes were given the opportunity to reach out.
Not only is the tree gone but the wood was donated to Chattanooga's homeless for heating throughout the fall and winter.
According to SAAC Coordinator Catherine Kercher, Mrs. Scales was "beyond happy" and was so glad that a tree that was once a problem for her can now be a blessing for others in the community. Mrs. Scales was also impressed that the students came off the mountain on a Saturday morning to help her.
"I look forward to coordinating more projects with Project 52 and Covenant athletes in order to be a blessing to the Chattanooga community," said Kercher. "Poverty is such a big issue in Chattanooga but I don't believe that Covenant students have ever been able to see it for themselves. I am so proud and grateful for the students who helped. They came with servant's hearts and made quick work of the tree."
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