Pay It Forward May 2021 – Buddy Cauley

Underground System Supervisor Buddy Cauley paid forward $500 to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville.

The Greenville campus, established in 1927, is one of 22 hospitals in an international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.

Children up to age 18 are eligible for admission to Shriners Hospitals for Children if there is a reasonable possibility the child can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on the child’s medical needs.

Buddy says he has sympathy for these children, especially after the hospital was able to help his niece’s son.

“He had some trouble with his feet being misshapen and was treated at the hospital. He’s 9 now and takes karate lessons,” said Buddy.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville provides care for children in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama and surrounding areas.

The 50-bed pediatric orthopaedic facility includes:

  • Two operating rooms
  • 15 outpatient exam rooms
  • An in-house prosthetics and orthotics department
  • A motion analysis center
  • Physical, occupational and recreational therapy departments
  • A KidZone complete with pool tables, video games and air hockey tables
  • A handicap accessible playground
  • Service area

To learn more, volunteer, or donate, visit


The Pay It Forward program began in 2015.

Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.

This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds will come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.

Employees and the community will enable individual employees to help individuals in the community, and that’s a win-win situation.

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