When PTO parents of Northeast Elementary School heard their organization's president was accused of embezzling thousands of dollars, the overall reaction was shock.
"We were all just mortified," said Melissa Labelle, new PTO president. "I mean, we didn't know what to think or how to act, because we've all known and been here and worked together."
The shock diminished when Meridian's Woodstock Furniture stepped up to donate $1,000 to the organization.
"On behalf of Woodstock Furniture, and everyone else in the community, we'd like to start this fundraiser off with a $1,000 dollar check to Northeast Elementary PTO," said David Honeycutt of Woodstock.
Now members of the PTO say they're optimistic.
"I was blown away. I couldn't believe it," said Labelle. "I thought it was great. I was so excited to hear that somebody cared enough to come up here and do this for us."
"Just overwhelming. Words cannot express that somebody in our community is going to rally behind us right now, is the greatest feeling in the world," said Julie Null, secretary-treasurer of the PTO.
Members of the PTO are obviously happy with this fresh start. They say the money will provide a new foundation to rebuild, and ultimately, they know who will benefit, the children.
Almost a thousand children attend Northeast Elementary. Honeycutt agrees that the children are at the center of the company's giving.
"(We) want to help the kids more than anything else," said Honeycutt.
The $1,000 donated will go towards the school's fun-filled day, known as May Day.
Anyone or any business that would like to help Northeast Elementary PTO may call the school for details of how to do that. The phone number is 601-485-4882.