It was 1928 and on the eve of the great depression. Effie was born on the outskirts of Fort Worth. Everyone was hurting. His father worked hard but jobs were scarce. Sometimes, working two shifts barely kept food on the table. Life was dirty.
As the years dragged on, Effie learned the value of hard work. His friends had no toys and sometimes, no shoes. Deep down, he knew that if he ever had a chance, he would work hard to get ahead and always help others who couldn’t help themselves. He did.
Effie struggled, but graduated from high school and got a job in a mail room. Though never a rich man, it was his passion to help others. If he did not have money to help, he would give his time. He helped with their houses, cars, radios and their lives. “It is not about money, it is about lives,” he would say.
For more than 80 years, the man nicknamed Effie helped countless friends and strangers have something better, while never expecting anything in return. These kind actions became so common that others coined a term to refer to them as “doing an effie.” Any kind act would be referred to as “an effie.” The legend of Effie is about helping others.