The G Men, which signifies Godly Male Encouragement Needed, awarded the mother and children of Misty Emmitt a day of holiday retail therapy that amounted to $500.
Emmitt was shot near the corner of Highway 269 and 12th Avenue in Jasper in early October. She died a few hours after the incident at Walker Baptist Medical Center.
Emmitt had three sons. Her mother, Andrice Emmitt, is now caring for the children.
Andrice Emmitt said the family was incredibly grateful to the G Men for the gesture.
“I hope there’s other people they can help and not just through Christmas, because a lot of people need help,” she said.
The shopping spree included a trip to the Jasper Wal-mart and the Jasper Mall. It was capped off by a lunch at the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, which is owned by G Men member Byron McMath.
“They (the Emmitts) were just rejoiced to know someone was thinking of them,” said Milton Douglas, assistant secretary for the G Men.
Douglas said the funds from the shopping spree came directly from the members of the organization.
Before the shopping spree, the group started the day by visiting the patients of several nursing homes in the area.
The G Men formed in early August and members celebrated the group’s establishment by holding the “Fun Day in the Park” festival at A.P. Howell Park. The event included sporting activities like a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and performances by local Gospel choirs.
The organization has around 25 members from across Walker County. Douglas said the group primarily aims to provide positive role models to youth in the area. However, members are always interested in any project that can help the community, he said.
Douglas said the G Men recently organized a tutoring program for students in the county. This semester the project has focused on providing the service to high school seniors struggling with graduation exams. However, the G Men hope to expand the project to include kindergarten through the 12th grade next semester, he said.
“We’re just trying to uplift the community and let them know we care about them,” said G Men member Jerry Callahan.
For more information about G Men, contact Callahan at 205-265-9327.