In a heartwarming gesture of generosity, tech mogul Freddie Figgers recently surprised several local seniors with an all-expense paid trip to the Bahamas.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, Figgers, a Quincy native, stopped by Gadsden Wellness to drop off a check for the trip.
The seniors applauded as the non-profit organization’s director Sherrie Taylor announced the news.
Some of the senior citizens smiled and cheered, while others burst into tears of joy.
Figgers, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Figgers communication, a telecommunications company that has made waves in the industry, said he wanted to do something for Taylor and give back to his community.
“I started programming with Ms. Taylor as a child,” Figgers, who grew up in Quincy’s Pepper Hill community, said. “As a kid she believed in me. Her program was very impactful.”
Taylor said Figgers has always maintained strong ties to his community, and is always giving back.
“He’s doing it from his heart,” Taylor shared.
Taylor noted many of the seniors have never been on a vacation.
“I have had several say this is their first time to leave Gadsden County, besides going to Tallahassee,” Taylor said.
For most of them, this trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Taylor said each senior will have their own stateroom with an ocean view, while on the 4-day, 3-night trip.
“I thank God I’m here to be able to make it happen,” Taylor added.
The organization will rent charter buses to transport the seniors to Port Canaveral for the trip, which is set for November.
Taylor said as of Friday, the trip was booked and paid in full.
Erin Hill – Gadsden County News Service