Melanie Streetman Is This Week’s Recipient of Caught in the Act Award [VIDEO]
Before we get into detail on this week's recipient of the Kiss Country Caught in the Act Award, I have to come clean about something. This one made me cry. Really. Sobbed like a big old baby. On the radio I cried as I read the nomination letter we received about Melanie Streetman.
We got that letter from her friend Wendy Clarke-Loyd and as I read the letter to Melanie, I could just feel the goodness of this woman and her husband. They've dedicated their entire lives to foster kids. Kids, who without them, wouldn't have had much of a life. And Melanie, as she says, "through Jesus" stepped in and not only met the needs of these kids, but she's giving them an anchor. A home. A family. A place they can always count on and people that are dedicated to them.
See, that's the real purpose of the Caught in the Act Award. To recognize people like Melanie. And because I have such a soft spot for kids, I couldn't stop crying. Yeah, me! Gary McCoy. The redneck, deer hunting, fish catching, hairy legged "tough guy" sounded like a baby with a wet diaper. But I'm not ashamed! She's definitely worth me losing my "man card" for the moment.
Just look at this letter and you'll see what I mean.
Melanie Streetman is one of those people you don't forget. I met her about 6 years ago and what an impression she made on me and my family. "Momma Mel" is a foster mom to 4 children at the present time, not counting the ones that have come and gone through her door. She has adopted 3 over the last 5 years and and she is praying and waiting for the for the next one to join the family. This puts 8 children in the Streetman home ages 2-16. One of her sweet adopted angels has had brain surgery and is non-verbal , she continues to fight for him daily to give him the best life possible. Mel and her family give and give, they give unconditional love to all. Between Mel and her husband they already had a house full, but their heart is never full enough, between them they have I think 6 children already, I truly can't keep up... I have never seen a women with a heart like she has and her husband, Tony OMG!! He is right beside her all the way. She drives a 14 seat passanger van with the biggest smile you have ever seen. Mel spends her days taking children to school, doctor appointments, court appearances , therapy sessions, and hosting case worker visits in her home weekly, and on top of that she is the co- director of Louisiana Heart Gallery, an organization that helps place children in permanent homes. I have never met a women more amazing then her. She takes no credit for any of her strength, patience, or the unconditional love she gives each and every child. Mel will be the first to tell you "it all because of Jesus!" She says" God gives her the strength and ability each day to provide for these children." I really don't know when she sleeps. But I do know because of Momma Mel and her husband Tony these children and so many more will learn what true unconditional love really is... One may forget what a person says, but they will never forget how one made them feel.
Melanie Streetman, thank you for being an inspiration to us all and a big reason why this is the greatest place in America to live!
And because you've been "Caught in the Act" the gang at Silver Star have a $100 Gift Certificate for you to come have dinner on them!
Take a listen to the phone call we made to Melanie to let her know that she was this week's Caught In The Act Award recipient.