10% Tuesday for the Willie Perry Foundation. 10% of sales from 5PM until midnight will benefit this organization.
Willie James Perry was best known as the Birmingham Batman, a Good Samaritan who help stranded motorists and gave free rides to the citizens of the Magic City. He was also a devoted family man to his wife Dorothy, daughter Marquetta, and sister Grace.
Born December 14, 1940, Willie lived in the South Titusville area of Birmingham. As a teenager he worked at window distributor in Lakeview where he assembled cast-iron furniture as well as door and window units. He was later promoted there to Shop Manager.
Willie was known around his neighborhood for his humanitarian acts of kindness and lived by the motto “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
One day Willie heard about a group of men who stopped to help a woman whose car had broken down. However instead of helping her, the men raped her.
As a husband and a father, this event resonated so deeply with Willie that he decided to do his best to ensure that future situations like this would not happen again around Birmingham. He immediately proceeded to purchase a 1971 Thunderbird. Learn about the “Rescue Ship” here.
On January 24, 1985, Willie died accidentally of carbon monoxide poisoning while getting the “Rescue Ship” ready for the next mission. The spirit of Willie certainly lives on today through The Willie J. Perry Foundation and its missions, which is steered by his daughter Marquetta.
Remind everyone to “Make Every Day a Willie Perry Day.”
Willie Perry was featured on “That’s Incredible” in 1981! Watch the feature here:
As Willie did himself with “The Rescue Ship”, the Willie J. Perry Foundation not only wants to help people get literally back on the road, but also get back on “The Road of Life” with our current missions:
THE WHEELS OF CHANGE:
Willie certainly knew the importance of education and having a good job. This program receives donated automobiles, repairs them, and then presents them to single parents who do not have any transportation so that they can attend school and have a job themselves. Learn More & Refer an Applicant
THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
This program conducts monthly workshops to support individuals in need to work towards a greater good. We understand the importance of educating individuals for the future and our goal is to help them obtain an education which will give them the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their lives and their communities.
THE CARING PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
This program has many exciting avenues, including Community Meals, Single Parent’s Children Assistance, Medical Transportation for Young Mothers, and Senior Services.
MY BROTHER – SISTER KEEPER PROGRAM
This program helps individuals in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships and marriages, keeping two as one.