There’s a man by the name of Maurice Ellis who moved to London, Ontario, from Jamaica not that long ago. Last fall he joined a local club just for Dad’s, called Dad Club London, which is a non-profit committed to connecting dads and giving back to the community.
A couple months ago the head of the Dad Club London, Jeremy McCall, shared a Black Lives Matter post online, and Maurice contacted him to thank him and explained he had recently been the subject of a racist act at the drive-thru where he works his second job.
When Jeremy heard about this he wanted to do something to show the Ellis family that the community supports them. So the club started a secret fundraiser. It turns out that Maurice’s wife, Carline Leslie-Ellis, is attending Fanshawe college. The club raised $7,000 to pay for her tuition. Its members delivered the cheque to Ellis, his wife Carline Leslie-Ellis, and their four-year-old daughter Amara Monday night. “I thought it was a dad club meeting,” Leslie-Ellis said with a chuckle after the parking lot surprise.
They hit that mark because Dozens of local donors wanted to make sure she could continue her education without worry about the financials. She’s apparently been pulling top marks during her last semester. What a wonderful gesture to make though! And what a load of stress to take off a family. As for making the Ellis family feel welcome? “I wasn’t sure what it was all about,” Ellis said of first joining the club. That quickly changed. “I feel at home with these guys,” he said.
You can read more about this of course in your Good News Story of the Day here. But the best part of this story might be that when Maurice heard the Dad Club was raising money for a secret cause he wanted to donate too! He didn’t ask what it was, he just wanted to help his community, unaware that they were working to help him. Such a good man.
Story and Image from the London Free Press.