Dothan, AL - It may have looked like spaghetti day in the Emanuel Christian School lunchroom Friday. But, the plates of pasta are helping make one teens last wish a reality.
“Savoy Jones was a remarkable young man. He had mentioned to his mother when he got out of high school he wanted to buy a bus for his school,” said LBA Hospitality Regional Director of Sales Calvin Cherry.
He never got that chance. Savoy Jones, 15, died last month, and now the community is reaching out. Six local hotels took part in a spaghetti fundraiser.
“We anticipated 2-300 plates being sold. At $5 a plates that's a pretty good contribution to the bus,” said Cherry.
Nearly 1,000 spaghetti plates were assembled and delivered to businesses, doctor’s offices, and even a school in the Wiregrass.
About $5,000 was raised, and the LBA Hospitality plans to give an additional donation.
The teen’s classmates bought 250 of those plates. Many he’d known since preschool. They all say he was always upbeat.
“We all wanted a new bus, but he really had more of a heart for this school than most of us did. He was a really talented guy. He really wanted this bus, and his dad is trying to make that happen,” said sophomore Nate Williams.
Savoy’s parents stopped by for lunch, and they were greeted with hugs and kind words.
“It made us feel good. Savoy cared so much about ECS,” said his dad, Christohpher. His mom Sophia added, “We hope and pray that God continues to shine on this school. I can tell you God is here. God has been here. This school has been a blessing to us and Savoy.”
Now Savoy’s wish has become a blessing to the school. The “Warrior Wagon,” now a small tribute to a young man with big dreams.