It seems these past few months have been littered with increasingly bad news. That’s why we want to shine a light on all the good going on in our local community by introducing you to our newest Difference Maker, Butch Embry.
Butch owns Double E Plumbing and when he’s not working, Butch is known to give stuffed bears to people all over Central Texas. He constantly carries them with him. It’s said that if you don’t have a bear it’s because he’s not gotten to you yet. In fact, he even has bears in Russia.
Butch donates more than just bears. He has given over 30 Gallons of blood at the Austin Blood Center to contribute to the Neo-Natal Unit at Brackenridge and Dell Children’s Hospital. His love spreads further than that as he has served as a mentor to a single mom’s two sons who said that without him in their life, they wouldn’t have become the people they are today.
Many of these efforts to serve others is a family affair, with his wife helping as well. They allowed one young waitress to use their rental house until she could have her two sons and then raised them like their own grandchildren. She’s not the only one, Butch and his wife and been responsible for 36 foster children over time.
Butch also volunteers in many other places including the Right to Life Center where he picks up mail on a weekly basis to carry to the Post Office from Downtown to the Post Office off of 290 East to save them postage. He’s made care packages to deliver to the homeless with essential toiletries regularly for many years. Another annual service he enjoys is walking to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes.
Butch visits people in hospitals and even traveled every Friday for six years to read to a woman who was blind to make a difference in her life. Online, he comforts a child in Georgia nightly who suffers from brain cancer. She’s afraid to go to sleep without him saying good night to her. His ministry extends to friends. He visits one friend’s granddaughter at the hospital or in their home. She suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has been nonverbal but they are able to communicate because she relaxes when he talks with her.
The list just goes on but Butch doesn’t expect a return or acknowledgement for what he does. His love of God can be measured by his love for others and constantly giving himself away. He’s an unsung hero who quietly goes about Spreading Sunshine as the slogan for his business says on his van. Please join us in honoring a man who has done so much in our community. Thank you, Butch.