Ellen: Sherrie Gahn & Whitney Elementary School
The video detailed the struggles of the school. According to Sherrie, 85% of its students are on free or reduced lunch and many of them are homeless.
Sherrie said she realized how bad things were the first day she arrived at the school when she noticed that children were taking ketchup packets home from the cafeteria.
“They were going to go home and make ketchup soup with it, because they had no food,” she said.
Sherrie said that she wanted something better for her students. She wanted them to be able to have new backpacks, new clothes, presents at Christmas, and cakes on their birthdays.
Heartbroken by how miserable her students’ lives were, Sherrie decided to do something about it. She started collecting donations from the community to help the school out.
Taking even further action, Sherrie said she started calling each student’s parents and trying to work with them to improve her students’ lives. She even went so far as to use personal money to help pay some of those families’ bills.
The video showed testimony from countless people stating how amazing Sherrie has been for their community.
One child said, “We were about to lose our house and we didn’t know. She paid almost every single bill.”
One mother said that her sun needed glasses and Sherrie “took care of that.”
Ellen’s Interview With Sherrie Gahn
Ellen was so amazed by Sherrie that she invited her on the show.
Ellen said she couldn’t believe that Sherrie used her own money to help her students’ families pay rent and bills, and that she helped them get free doctor’s appointments, free glasses, and free dentist appointments.
“It can be overwhelming, but when you see their faces and you see the hope that you’re giving them…it gives you the energy to move on,” Sherrie said.
Sherrie Gahn Watches Ellen When She Feels Sad
Sherrie said that when she gets really bummed, she watches episodes of Ellen on her TiVo.
Ellen: Sherrie Gahn Raised In The Projects
Sherrie said that she had been raised in the projects, but was always optimistic.
“I always had that hope,” she said. “My mother instilled that in us that there was hope for a better tomorrow.”
Ellen: $100,000 Check To Whitney Elementary School
“There’s no denying what an amazing human being you are,” Ellen told Sherrie.
Ellen was so inspired by Sherrie’s story, that she decided she wanted to help her. She talked to her friends at Target and they said they wanted to help too.
“When i told target what you were doing, the people at target said ‘Well we wanna do something too,'” she said.
Then Ellen pulled out a giant check for $100,000, written to Whitney Elementary School.
Ellen: Target Giveaway For Whitney Elementary School
On top of the $100,000 check that Ellen and Target wrote to Whitney Elementary school, Target gave away backpacks filled with books and school supplies to every single student at Whitney Elementary School!