God, Hope & Helping Others
< The 9 Nanas: Nine women, including Nana Helen (centre), have been secretly whipping up, and delivering thousands of pound cakes during the middle of the night in a grand scheme to help those in need
They call themselves 'The 9 Nanas,' and have been secretly whipping up, and delivering hundreds of pound cakes during the middle of the night in a grand scheme to help those in need.
And then before anyone can catch a glimpse of them, they quietly and quickly disappear back into their daily lives in West Tennessee.
Mary Ellen, one of the nine women, who are all aged between 54 and 72, told The Huffington Post: 'We give new meaning to the term drive-by.'
'We drive through low-income neighborhoods and look for homes with fans in the window. That told us that the people who live there don't have air-conditioning.
'Or we see that there are no lights on at night, which means there is a good chance their utilities have been turned off.
Then we return before the sun came up, like cat burglars, and drop off a little care package.'
The women, who consider themselves sisters, gather in the darkness at 4am to begin their daily routine, where they whip up their cakes and deliver them in the dark.
Mary Ellen explained how they got started, 35 years ago.
One day over a card game, the women were reminiscing about the grandparents, named MaMaw and PaPaw, who raised Mary Ellen and three of the other sisters...