Debra Davis is a cafeteria lady at Hoover High School, but she serves up more than just food and happy smiles in her local community. When she’s not feeding hungry kids at school, Debra takes her cooking skills to the the streets of San Diego, California. “Auntie Debra,” as she’s known to those who are close to her, was inspired by her mother when she was a little girl to help those in need, and she takes her extracurricular job very seriously.
In fact, Debra’s childhood experiences at church have led her to dish up something even bigger than the homeless in her neighborhood could have ever imaged! She thought she was doing a good thing, but after she showed up on Steve Harvey’s show to talk about her unique contribution to the world, he made her weep by calling her out in front of millions.
Although she has a super big heart when it comes to the homeless, Debra doesn’t follow the status quo by volunteering her time in a soup kitchen or a shelter. Instead, she wakes up at an ungodly hour every morning so that she can create some edible magic with her own version of “meals on wheels.”
“I get up (at) 3:30 in the morning and I prepare the food and everything and I put it in the car… I go to work, and then when I get off of work I go feed the homeless from say 1 o’clock to like 6 o’clock.”
This dedicated and passionate woman makes no money with her other part time “job.” She even reaches down into her own pocket and spends her own money to buy all that food!
Debra was driving an old ’76 Chevy Malibu to transport all the food she made, but last summer a group of auto shop students refurbished her car when it was on its last legs. After a GoFund campaign snowballed and raised over $27K, she now has a reliable 2014 Mazda3 to make her homeless food deliveries with some style and flair!
Her kindness invited lots of welcome attention, and after Steve Harvey got wind of her good deeds, she landed an interview on his show. Debra told him that she does whatever she can, including collecting cans and bottles that she can recycle for cash, which helps fund her cause.
To thank her for her selfless service, Steve Harvey and Sam’s Club surprised Debra with a $5,000 check. He told her that he knew she was “going to do the right thing with it.”
“The Bible says if I love the Lord, I’ll feed His people. So I’m just doing what the Lord asked me to do. I’m just a servant.”
This wonderful woman is more than just a faithful servant with a heart of gold. She listened to and answered a higher calling, and is now a role model for millions of others around the world.
There’s an Auntie Debra in all of us that’s just itching to answer the call to serve others.