TUPELO, Miss.—Lindley Williams of Amory and her son, Kai, recently donated a piggy bank
filled with $175, the book “Not a Box” and an original poem to Eddie Dalton, founder of Eddie’s Fund at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Kai underwent hernia repair surgery at Women’s Hospital in March 2015 when he was 6 weeks old. His parents, Lindley and Kelby, were touched by Dalton’s kindness. During their stay, they became aware of Eddie’s Fund, a fund started by Dalton in 2014 in memory of his family, who “never let anyone go hungry.” Administered through the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, Eddie’s Fund provides meal tickets to family members of patients who face extended stays at Women’s Hospital, many of whom have fragile infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
For Kai’s first birthday Feb. 11, his parents asked friends and family for donations to Eddie’s Fund in lieu of gifts. In her presentation to Dalton, Lindley explained that in the book, “Not a Box,” a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. She compared the story to Dalton’s vision for Eddie’s Fund, illustrating that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.
For more information or to contribute to Eddie’s Fund, call the Health Care Foundation at (662) 377-3613 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).