East Texas kids charity founder receives $70k in donations on live TV

East Texas kids charity founder receives $70k in donations on live TV
Lil 4's Kids Club was honored today on "The View", and received more than $70,000 in donations (Source: KLTV)
30 to 50 kids a day visit Lil 4's Kids Club in Sulphur Springs, whether it's for a hot meal, or just some place to hang out (Source: KLTV)
30 to 50 kids a day visit Lil 4's Kids Club in Sulphur Springs, whether it's for a hot meal, or just some place to hang out (Source: KLTV)
Lil 4's owner, Letitia Conliffe, was surprised with the huge donation, which was spear-headed by "The View" (Source: KLTV)
Lil 4's owner, Letitia Conliffe, was surprised with the huge donation, which was spear-headed by "The View" (Source: KLTV)

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - A Sulphur Springs woman who started what she calls a "safe haven" for kids in her community received national recognition Tuesday for the work she does to change their lives for the better.

Letitia Conliffe is the woman behind Lil 4's Kids Club in Sulphur Springs. She was honored on "The View" Tuesday morning and was given more than $70,000 in donations for the work she does.

"I started this because there's so many people out there, so many kids, that seek for this love that they don't get at home," Conliffe told "The View."

That basic need is what Conliffe said inspired her to offer kids a safe place they may not have otherwise.

"I believe what my momma is doing is a blessing," said Chastity Archie. "For all these kids."

Archie is one of Conliffe's four daughters, which is where Lil 4's Kids Club got its name. The program has served as something of a safe haven for the area for a few years now. But, only recently in a location other than Conliffe's own home.

"Letitia actually had the organization going on for a few years now, just personally out of her home," said Alicia Valentine, secretary at Lil 4's Kids Club. "Just doing things with kids, having kids come over."

Lil 4's has run primarily off of Conliffe's life-savings, her kindness for others, and her knowledge of how to make things work.

"Just in the building itself right now, we work out of crockpots, and those little hotplates," Archie said.

But Tuesday, all of that changed. Conliffe was welcomed on to "The View" was given more than $70,000 dollars in appliances, canned food, and other donations from several vendors.

"This morning we were blessed with several vendors here," Valentine said. "We've just been blessed with donations coming in."

"A stove, refrigerator, dishwasher," Archie added. "They're gonna also build her a kitchen."

All to help Lil 4's continue their mission of being a blessing to anyone who walks through their doors.

"We're doing it out of love," Valentine said.

"My mom wakes up everyday thing about these kids," Archie said. "Like, every day."

"That's all my mom wants, is for them to have a good time."

Although they said Tuesday's surprise was "such a blessing", Lil 4's Kids Club runs primarily off of donations, and often times many of the costs are paid by Conliffe. If you'd like to donate to their effort to continue operating, please visit Lil 4's Kids Club's GoFundMe page.

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