Paying it Forward: 35 years of miracles

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    LITTLE ROCK, (KTHV) - From the outside, its a typical building on Spring Hill Blvd. in Little Rock. But on the inside, the Watershed Projects is a place of miracles.

    Their leader is no stranger and his face is familar to so many Arkansans.

    Reverend Hezekiah Stewart explains, "This telephone rings all day, every day."

    Watershed provides food, clothing, toys, and a myriad of services to those in need. For years, THV 11 News has told you about the mission and the importance of the community donating.

    But without Stewart, the financial miracles would be impossible.
    He's been giving back now for 35 years.

    "I don't consider myself a hero. Because this particular dream and vision was given to be by God," he says.  

    Stewart is mostly known for his Turkey Dinners. It's his goal to help feed 5,000 people every Thanksgiving.

    He says, "I love this work. I love helping people."

    Then,  three weeks later, it's Christmas and he does it all again with food and toys for nearly 10,000 Arkansans.

    Watershed Volunteer Joycelyn Thomas says, "What Reverand Hezekiah is doing is a blessing. Some may have. Some may not have. Those that don't have -- he's given to those to help out wherever help is needed."

    Over the years, the Watershed has survived a weak economy, plummeting donations, layoffs, and cut programs. There are new clients every day and new hurdles to overcome. Yet still, they continue. 

    Stewart says, "I understand the voices and the cries of hurting people."

    And at 70 years old, Rev. Stewart has no plans to stop. Paying it forward is his life's work. 

    He smiles, "Some of them have had a night, they can barely muster a smile but they reach up with their hands and say thank you and that is enough for me."

    If you are interested in receiving a Thanksgiving meal, the Watershed will be serving all day until the food runs out.

    3701 Springer Boulevard
    Little Rock, AR 72206
    (501) 378-0176

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