Linda and Marty Davidson wanted to do something special to honor Marty's mother, Francis Davidson, who passed away earlier this year. When they heard about the trouble South Harbor Shelter was in, they wanted to step up and help, so they made a $30,000 donation that covered the rest of what the shelter needed to operate for the remainder of 2012.
Marty Davidson explains why he made the donation. "I just think it's important to give back. I think it's important to step up when there are things in this community that need help, so I thought this would be a good thing to do."
The Davidsons picked South Harbor because of what they do for so many.
"Well, I just thought this was an excellent place because this is a place for people can live while they're coming back from their problems," Davidson says. "Not just to eat, but to live, and so I think it's a great thing to have this in Meridian."
Mississippi is the second most-charitable state in the country, and Davidson believes it is due to overcoming obstacles.
"Now I think we have a background of rising up above a lot of things in Mississippi over the years, and I think that we all feel indebted to the state for what's happened and we want to give something back," Davidson tells us.
The principle of giving back comes from Davidson's mother, who continues to live on through this donation.
Callie Cole, executive director of MCCSA, says, "It means a lot to me, and it lets me know that Mrs. Davidson did a good job with her son Marty because she's living in him right now, and she should be proud of him, and I know she is."
Cole tells us that the new shelter MCCSA plans to build will be named after Mrs. Francis Davidson.