CLEVELAND, Tennessee(WDEF) - An elderly Cleveland couple made a generous donation that will help inner city children in Chattanooga.
Carol Accetta and hew husband have donated their 15-year old horse Noel to the Scenic City Carriage. The business is run by Kenneth Jones and Michael Henderson. Both men started free a summer program on side that uses horses to distract children from gang activity. In return, children get to learn about horses and how to ride them.
"It would be motivation for them just to know that they could instill some responsibility in themselves towards an animal," Acetta said.
The elderly couple heard about Jones and Henderson during a WDEF News 12 report that aired Friday night. They were already looking to downsize but wanted to make sure that if they got rid of the horse, it would go to a good place.
"I definitely want to find a good home for Noel and something that she would be able to handle as well as participate in something and not be lonely anymore," Acetta said.
Henderson and Jones were shocked when they learned a complete stranger wanted to help their cause by donating a healthy animal.
"God works in mysterious ways and I couldn't believe it. I said people out there really listen and people out there really care," Henderson said.