Kids to Love is celebrating 15 years of service in 2019. It’s fitting our first “hurrah” revisits the man who helped Lee Marshall carry her vision to reality.
Scott Butler and Lee met on a return flight to Huntsville from Washington D.C. If you have followed Kids to Love for any of our 15 years, you have likely heard this part of our story. But there are pieces you have not heard until now.
“I remember sitting on the plane and thinking ‘I wonder who is gonna sit next to me,’” Scott recalls.
Scott recognized Lee from their church, Willowbrook Baptist. He introduced himself, and they began to talk as old friends. Each shared personal stories: Lee about her passion to make a difference for foster children, Scott of losing his first child, his son named Blake.
Reminiscing about that first meeting struck an emotional chord in Scott, and he cried as he remembered a picture that used to hang on his wall.
“I told you about the picture,” Scott chokes out. “(It said) ‘If I can make a difference in the life of a child.’ And it’s a picture of a little boy. I’ve just had a passion for kids ever since we lost our son.”
Hearing Lee’s passion resonated with Scott.
“After I got off the flight and I’m in the parking lot I was like ‘Thank you God’ because I felt it. I really felt the spirit of God,” Scott says.
It would turn out, Scott was exactly who Lee needed to establish Kids to Love as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
“I love setting up new things. I think God gave me a gift of putting things together. Getting excited about a new project and something that I’m passionate about,” Scott says, smiling.
His company had office space. He had warehouse space, which Kids to Love would need sooner than later. He knew an attorney who could assist with legal formalities, and he knew what it would take to form a board of directors.
Just like the airplane where God connected Lee and Scott, the sky has been the limit for Kids to Love. Since 2004 when the foundation came to be, Kids to Love has directly impacted the lives of more than 250,000 foster children.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of you guys,” Scott says. “Y’all have been incredible with what you’ve been able to do.”
You might say the rest is history, but at Kids to Love our focus is on the future.
“I’m just amazed at what God’s done in 15 years,” Scott says. “And I can’t imagine the next 15.”