BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A firefighter with the Birmingham Hearth Division has began a brand new enterprise with the hope of connecting with extra children locally, a mission that was partly impressed by his late mom.
James Patton’s new enterprise, Gamez on Hearth, is a cellular gaming trailer that began just a few months in the past. It has nearly each gaming system, together with the brand new PlayStation. As much as 24 folks can play within the trailer without delay.
Patton mentioned that as a firefighter, he usually sees children on their worst days. By Gamez on Hearth, Patton has an opportunity to see them at their greatest.
“Having the ability to see children, and see children at their greatest, it was like ‘That is it,’” Patton mentioned. “I simply have enjoyable with them.”
Patton mentioned he needs to make use of Gamez on Hearth to speak with younger folks locally concerning the work he does, all whereas having interactions outdoors of moments of disaster.
Patton’s household additionally had a task in Gamez on Hearth. As he was launching this enterprise, Patton’s mom, Nadine Willis Patton, contracted COVID-19.
“My mother was every part,” he mentioned. “She was actually my greatest pal.”
After getting the decision that she had lower than 24 hours left to stay, Patton and his sister went to the hospital to spend one final time with their mom.
“That was in all probability the roughest level of my life, the bottom level of my life,” he mentioned.
After his mom’s loss of life, Patton was prepared to surrender on his enterprise. He even thought-about returning the trailer.
“How is she not going to be right here to see it,” he mentioned. “What’s the use now?”
Patton’s mom labored at Carver Excessive College for 22 years, the place she labored as a counselor, mission supervisor, and dance coach. After processing her loss of life, Patton mentioned he remembered why he needed to start out a enterprise within the first place.
“My mom,” Patton mentioned. “Truthfully. She needs all of this. She’s smiling down in any respect of this, every part we’re doing, I take into consideration her every single day.”
Patton mentioned Gamez on Hearth is a strategy to join with children within the Birmingham space, identical to his mom did. He’s persevering with to search for methods to provide again to his group and he’ll use his gaming truck to do it. A portion of the proceeds from the occasions he holds will go in the direction of a scholarship.
Gamez on Hearth will even be coordinating a scholarship fundraiser on April 10.
The scholarship can be given to a Carver Excessive College scholar to assist ease the monetary burden after commencement. The scholarship recipient can be introduced on April 22, which additionally marks Nadine Patton’s birthday.
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