Local Good News: Why This Navy Veteran Is "Always Giving Back"

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A military veteran finds himself, "Always Giving Back" even though he's facing his own health issues. It's local good news.

"I did 24 years in the Navy.  I made chief petty officer," said Always Giving Back's CEO Chester Williams.

Chester "Tim" Williams says he served his nation proudly in the Navy.  And, he says the Navy had a simple motto at community events when he was stationed in Newport News, Virginia.

"Our coin was always give back," said Williams.

When he was relocated and stationed in Millington, Williams carried that motto with him and started a non-profit called, "Always Giving Back".  And now, almost 150 residents of Memphis' Madison Tower are the recipients of 'Operation Blessings'.

"These people actually have such a fixed income, that by the time they pay their rent, get their food, and get their prescriptions, they don't really have a lot of money left over for toiletry items -- things that we take for granted: toothpaste, floss, deodorant and things of the like," said Williams. "I make sure that each one of the 146 residents at least have enough to sustain them for at least 4 or 5 months."

And, it's not just residents of Madison Tower.  His organization also cares for the homeless -- giving them coats, scarves and gloves.

"My mantra is 'To whom much is given, much is required'," said Williams.

But, there is more.  Williams' organization is offering free prostate cancer screenings for men to raise awareness about the disease.  It's something he's unfortunately quite familiar with.

"I'm also going through it (prostate cancer) right now," said Williams.  "I would rather for them to find out that they have it at an earlier stage, so it doesn't become such a financial burden."

Williams says he's truly learned it's better to give than to receive, and that's local good news.

Learn more about Always Giving Back by CLICKING HERE.


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