Cattlemen serving those on the front line

(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 1, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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Cattlemen moo-ved their way over to Southeast Health Friday to give back to those working the front lines.

Cattlemen across Houston County and Dothan High School's JROTC members took the day off to feed employees at Southeast Health.

"They provide us with something we need every day and this is just one day. It just shows we are a community, that we look out after each other and when bad things happen that's when we really come together and that's what were trying to do here," John McDaniel, cattlemen said.

With help from the Alabama Cattlemen Foundation, volunteers spent the day grilling steak sandwich meals for more than 2,000 healthcare workers.

"One of the things I've said forever as part of this hospital staff -- is listen -- we love food. People love food. Food just makes you feel better. Food makes you happy. So anytime people are willing to sacrifice their time, their energy, their money, their effort to love on you -- I don't care what you're doing, it just makes you feel good," said Merideth Holland, executive director for Southeast Health Foundation.

This was the best way the cattlemen knew how to give back to those who risk their lives every day.

"Saying thank you to all the employees here at the hospital. They're on the front lines fighting the virus. We appreciate the risk they're taking and the great care they're doing. In the past, just about everyone in this area have been affected by the employees at the hospital. I know in my family they performed a miracle in my family and just wanted to use this as a way to say thank you," area cattle farmer Richard Meadows said.

That miracle - saving his son.

3 years ago after Will Meadows was struck by a car. He had to re-learn how to walk, talk, and eat again, all at the age of 14.

"Studies, the doctors' notes, like medically I should be gone but there's a bigger thing, there's a God that gives back. And in terms of giving back to the hospital and everyone I cant thank everyone enough. In a way like this cooking for them and feeding them, so any way and every way I can give back I get my opportunity to do that for these folks here," says Will Meadows.

County cattlemen's chapters helped feed first responders, healthcare workers, and truck drivers across the state of Alabama.