JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Serving the poorest children in Northeast Florida, local Head Start locations were set to close at the end of this week.
Funding isn't coming for the federal nutrition and education program because of the government shutdown so centers would not be able to afford to open their doors next Monday.
Then the Episcopal Children's Services, grantee for Head Start programs throughout Northeast Florida, got a phone call early Tuesday from the national office about a generous donation.
Connie Stophel, director of Northeast Florida's Head Start, told Action News, "They had received funding from an angel investor of $10 million."
Texas philanthropists Laura and John Arnold made the generous donation to keep Head Start programs in six states, including Florida, funded during the government shutdown.
"So all the worry and prayers really paid off," said Stophel.
That's how hundreds of local low-income families now feel too.