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Surprise mom Pays it Forward to firefighters who saved her life

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The calls come in every day, with Valley Firefighters jumping into action to save lives. But first responders don't seek out attention or need a pat on the back.

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Mesa woman honored for helping providing shoes to homeless

Dennis Jent met Donna Parks a few years ago and was immediately drawn to her generosity and goodwill, and immediately started volunteering and collecting shoes to help Parks out. Jent reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Parks. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dennis Jent met Donna Parks a few years ago and was immediately drawn to her generosity and goodwill, and immediately started volunteering and collecting shoes to help Parks out. Jent reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Parks. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Donna Parks has boxes of "gently used shoes" on her front porch. But they won't stay there long.

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Phoenix woman honored for helping stray cats across the Valley

Michelle Ford loves cats, and not just the ones hanging out at her Phoenix home. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Michelle Ford loves cats, and not just the ones hanging out at her Phoenix home. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Michelle Ford loves cats, and not just the ones hanging out at her Phoenix home. 

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Volunteers Pay it Forward to Mesa grandmother devoted to helping newborns

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Marilyn Freeman loves playing the organ. But it's the Mesa grandmother's other hobby that's making a big difference in her community.

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Special needs students help Pay it Forward to cooking teacher

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Rachel Morningstar teaches gardening, food education and cooking. But that's not all. She also teaches life skills to some very special students.

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Students and parents Pay it Forward to Glendale music teacher dealing with personal tragedy

Tisha Tulle Webber has a son in Johnsen's class. They both appreciated her raw honesty and felt compelled to do something to help, so they reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Johnsen. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tisha Tulle Webber has a son in Johnsen's class. They both appreciated her raw honesty and felt compelled to do something to help, so they reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Johnsen. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Kristina Johnsen loves teaching kids how to sing and dance at Highland lakes School in Glendale and it shows.

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Volunteers Pay it Forward to 'Mamma Jo,' 83-year-old Phoenix grandmother who helps homeless

Friends and family wanted to thank "Mamma Jo" Phoenix grandmother for her 30-plus years of helping the homeless. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Friends and family wanted to thank "Mamma Jo" Phoenix grandmother for her 30-plus years of helping the homeless. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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She got one hug after another, and it wasn't just because Jo Stevenson, also known as "Mamma Jo," was celebrating her 83rd birthday.

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Parent Pays it Forward to two first grade teachers in Tempe

Priscilla Arriaga and Marie Mikan both teach first grade at Holdeman Elementary School in Tempe. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Priscilla Arriaga and Marie Mikan both teach first grade at Holdeman Elementary School in Tempe. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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It's a tale of two teachers: Mrs. Priscilla Arriaga and Ms. Marie Mikan. Both teach first grade at Tempe's Holdeman Elementary School and they both can't imagine doing anything else.

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Ex-con Pays it Forward to Glendale police officer who changed his life

The impact Sgt. Jeff Daukus had can be felt from one neighborhood to the next.  No one knows that more that Robert Read, an ex-con who butted heads with Sgt. Daukus a couple years ago and it changed his life. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The impact Sgt. Jeff Daukus had can be felt from one neighborhood to the next. No one knows that more that Robert Read, an ex-con who butted heads with Sgt. Daukus a couple years ago and it changed his life. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Glendale Police Sgt. Jeff Daukus loves his job and it shows, every time he puts on the uniform.

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Phoenix woman Pays it Forward to Phoenix pastor to keep helping families in need

A CBS 5 news crew followed Mitchell on her bike, as she rode over to present Pastor Felipe with $500. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A CBS 5 news crew followed Mitchell on her bike, as she rode over to present Pastor Felipe with $500. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Pastor Daniel Felipe uses the power of prayer every week at the Lynnhaven Church in Phoenix But sometimes parishioners need something more, like food, clothing and a place to sleep.

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Friend Pays it Forward to Phoenix grandmother taking care of seriously ill family members

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Marilyn McDonald isn't working these days, so she can take care of her father-in-law, who's dying from lung cancer.

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Friend Pays it Forward to Valley mom down on her luck

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All Erika Flores wants is to provide a good home and good life for her 10-month old daughter Aurora, but it hasn't been easy. 

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Peoria grandmother Pays it Forward year round to help families in need

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A few years ago, Bonnie Manske created a Facebook page called "The Children's Giving Tree" as a way to help families and children in need, especially over the holidays.

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Friends Pay it Forward to Glendale mom who had $800 stolen before Christmas

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Misty Jaramillo goes to beauty school during the day, works at night and in her free time tries to raise four children.

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Glendale dad inspires others on Facebook, Pays it Forward to strangers

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Jeff Simmons has been pretty busy lately, helping folks in need. For the past couple weeks, the Glendale father of five has completed a random act of kindness every day, which he then posts on Facebook to inspire others to do the same.

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Ladies sewing club honored for Paying It Forward to others

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Every Tuesday, Rosemary Scales gets together with her friends, as part of the "Busy Bee Sew and Sew Social Club."

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Mesa woman Pays it Forward to personal trainer who helped her lose 235 pounds

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Kim Kreider is a personal trainer who's devoted her life to empowering women and changing lives.

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Phoenix man encouraging others to Pay it Forward to neighbors in need

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Justin Kingin doesn't live in the best of neighborhoods and doesn't make a lot of money, but that's not stopping this Phoenix dad from making a difference in his community.

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Grandmother Pays it Forward to Scottsdale vice-principal making a difference in students' lives

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Dr. Jacque Hale spends a lot of time on the playground, walking kids to lunch, and helping out in the classroom.

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Globe man Pays it Forward to woman finding homes for therapy dogs

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Michael Stewart had no idea what an impact therapy dogs could have, but he does now.

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Pastor Pays it Forward to Valley woman devoted to helping homeless

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Every Thursday morning, Kim Mulholland can be found at Foley Park in Chandler passing out meals to folks in need with a side of spiritual guidance.

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Patient battling depression Pays It Forward to crisis care manager

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Emily Larsen is a survivor. She's battled depression and PTSD for years after the deaths of her mother and two brothers, and has tried to commit suicide.

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Domestic violence victim Pays it Forward to help other victims

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Heather Tinnon isn't afraid to talk about what she's been through. She's a victim of domestic violence and a former drug user.

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AP All-American Watch: Tate takes off; Holland's sack streak

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Khalil Tate has run for 694 yards and passed for 468 more while accounting for 11 touchdowns.

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Foster pet owner Pays it Forward to Scottsdale 'dog whisperer'

Bev Douwstra surprised Domenic Anthony with $500 from CBS 5's Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV and CBS 5) Bev Douwstra surprised Domenic Anthony with $500 from CBS 5's Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV and CBS 5)
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Helping abused or neglected dogs heal and be ready for adoption takes a lot of work. This week, CBS 5  helped Pay It Forward to someone who has spent years doing just that and has big plans to do even more.

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Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash

CBS 5 to 'Pay It Forward' to Big Brothers Big Sisters with 10th Annual Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash

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Each day during the week of Oct. 16, from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., CBS 5’s Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton joins community and corporate volunteers of all ages to wash vehicles with donations benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ).

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'MMA is a test of willpower.' Chandler police officer moonlights in MMA

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At work, Nicole Upshaw’s job is to protect and serve. In the octagon, Upshaw's job is to inflict punishment.

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Co-worker Pays it Forward to therapist battling cancer

Kaitlyn Miller decided to Pay It Forward to Natalie Kellogg for all the work she does with kids with disabilities and surviving cancer. (Source: CBS 5) Kaitlyn Miller decided to Pay It Forward to Natalie Kellogg for all the work she does with kids with disabilities and surviving cancer. (Source: CBS 5)
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A Valley woman is determined not to let a cancer diagnosis get the best of her and is showing how positive thinking can make all the difference.

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Small dog rescue volunteer receives this week's Pay it Forward award

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Donna Umsread does her best to find homes for dogs in need, but it's not easy. 

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Paul Horton's 10th Annual Pay It Forward Car Wash

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Summer is over and we can all start returning outside our air conditioned homes to enjoy the weather. A place we would love for you to visit is our 10th Annual  Pay it Forward Car Wash benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

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Scottsdale family Pays it Forward to caregiver struggling to overcome setbacks

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Dana Cage is more than just a caregiver for 88-year old Siggy Kimmel of Scottsdale. "Siggy means everything to me," said Cage. "He's my best friend. He's everything. It's not a job, this is personnel. This is my friend forever."

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Parents Pay it Forward to Valley softball coach helping players succeed on and off field

Mike O'Dell received $500 for all his volunteer work for the girl's softball team in Maricopa. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Mike O'Dell received $500 for all his volunteer work for the girl's softball team in Maricopa. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Maricopa parent decided to Pay It Forward to a girl's softball coach whose dedication to his players is on display every time he takes the field.

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Friend Pays it Forward to Phoenix-area business owner for helping hurricane victim

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Deon Nikolich loves fixing cars, but he also has a passion for helping people. "We're both from Bosnia, so we know how it is when hard times come," said close friend Enver Batlak.

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Co-worker Pays it Forward to Valley mom battling life-threatening illness

Zuzeth Blanco was overcome by emotion when a CBS 5 news crew showed up at her door and said she was this week's Pay it Forward recipient.  The Mesa mom has been through a lot this year. (Source: 3TV/CBS) Zuzeth Blanco was overcome by emotion when a CBS 5 news crew showed up at her door and said she was this week's Pay it Forward recipient. The Mesa mom has been through a lot this year. (Source: 3TV/CBS)
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Zuzeth Blanco was overcome by emotion when a CBS 5 news crew showed up at her door and said she was this week's Pay it Forward recipient. The Mesa mom has been through a lot this year.

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Former drug addict Pays it Forward to pastor who helped change his life

Paul Vargas' life was out of control, but then he met Church on the Street pastor Walt Rattray, who brought Vargas to the Phoenix Dream Center. (Source: 3TV/CBS) Paul Vargas' life was out of control, but then he met Church on the Street pastor Walt Rattray, who brought Vargas to the Phoenix Dream Center. (Source: 3TV/CBS)
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Paul Vargas is doing well these days. He recently got married and the couple is expecting a baby. But life wasn't always so rosy.

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Retired Valley professor leads drum circles to help children, seniors

Every week, retired professor Lydia Woods brings total strangers together in Sun City to create some sweet music. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Every week, retired professor Lydia Woods brings total strangers together in Sun City to create some sweet music. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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You can feel the beat, relax with the rhythm, and even stimulate your senses. Every week, retired professor Lydia Woods brings total strangers together in Sun City to create some sweet music.

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Police employees Pay It Forward to chaplain

The Phoenix Police Department chaplain volunteers 40 hours a week, helping employees and their families through some of the toughest times so they wanted to Pay It Forward. (Thursday, December 22, 2016)

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Friend Pays it Forward to Mesa mom who adopted 8 children

Maxine Arrington received $500 through the CBS 5 Pay It Forward Program. (Source: CBS 5) Maxine Arrington received $500 through the CBS 5 Pay It Forward Program. (Source: CBS 5)
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It's tough enough to raise one child these days but a Mesa mom is raising eight. She was struggling with buying back-to-school items so another woman decided to Pay It Forward.

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Co-worker Pays it Forward to Phoenix dental assistant whose family is living with no A/C

April Carillo is a 19-year old dental assistant, who loves going to work. But her home life is a bit of a struggle. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) April Carillo is a 19-year old dental assistant, who loves going to work. But her home life is a bit of a struggle. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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April Carillo is a 19-year old dental assistant, who loves going to work. But her home life is a bit of a struggle. A few weeks ago, the air conditioning went out in her Phoenix home that she shares with her mom and dad and 10 other brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

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Volunteer Pays it Forward to woman devoted to helping less fortunate families

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Cassie Wilkins doesn't get any vacation or sick days or benefits, not even a paycheck. But that doesn't stop her from showing up to work six days a week to help families in need.

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No kill rescue animal shelter helps Pay it Forward to devoted volunteer

Jenn Cline helps take care of animals at the Animals Benefit Club of Arizona, a no-kill rescue and rehab shelter in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jenn Cline helps take care of animals at the Animals Benefit Club of Arizona, a no-kill rescue and rehab shelter in Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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They're the dogs with health problems. Abandoned cats. Pets that have been abused. Jenn Cline helps take care of them all at the Animals Benefit Club of Arizona, a no-kill rescue and rehab shelter in Phoenix.

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Back to school clothing drive empowers Valley students in need

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Now in its 50th year, Back to School Clothing Drive, a lifeline for many low-income Valley families, helps more than 250,000 children from 260 different schools with free clothes, shoes and a backpack full of school supplies.

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Caretaker Pays it Forward to Valley nurse caring for dying husband

Millie Pepion decided to Pay It Forward to a Glendale family who had helps the community despite their own tough road ahead. (Source: CBS 5) Millie Pepion decided to Pay It Forward to a Glendale family who had helps the community despite their own tough road ahead. (Source: CBS 5)
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A Valley nurse isn't letting a personal tragedy stop her from helping others.

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CBS 5’s Pay It Forward campaign is teaming with Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza to help Arizona’s most vulnerable.  

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Friend Pays it Forward to Valley mom who lost leg after car accident

One of the things that could make Heather's life a little easier, is if she had a prosthetic leg, which she currently can't afford. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) One of the things that could make Heather's life a little easier, is if she had a prosthetic leg, which she currently can't afford. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Heather Adams wants only the best for her 10-year-old daughter Bailey. But right now, providing even the basic necessities is a challenge after the Valley mom lost part of her leg recently following a terrible car crash.

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Volunteer Pays it Forward to Valley mom who feeds homeless youth

A volunteer Pays it Forward to Olivia Cano Wells for helping to feed homeless youth. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A volunteer Pays it Forward to Olivia Cano Wells for helping to feed homeless youth. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A good, hot meal goes a long way, especially for young people living on the street. In Thursday’s Pay It Forward report, we’re introducing you to a Valley woman whose kindness runs in the family.

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Community Pays it Forward to founder of drum and bugle corps

Mark Robinson, founder of Arizona Academy for the Performing Arts, was presented with the Pay It Forward award. Mark Robinson, founder of Arizona Academy for the Performing Arts, was presented with the Pay It Forward award.
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They don't miss a beat in the sweltering heat. The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps spends the hot afternoons rehearsing at Apache Junction High School.

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Volunteer Pays it Forward to woman devoted to helping German shepherds

Debbie Hunsley loves dogs, especially German shepherds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Debbie Hunsley loves dogs, especially German shepherds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A west Valley mom often uses her own money to take stray dogs off the street and provide them medical care. A volunteer sees the difference she is making so she decided to Pay It Forward.

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Grieving father Pays it Forward to Valley woman who eases parents pain

Beckie Miller leads a group that helps parents who have lost their children too early so Walter Pendleton decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Beckie Miller leads a group that helps parents who have lost their children too early so Walter Pendleton decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Chandler woman has been devoted to helping distraught parents who have lost a child find strength to move on. One father saw the good she was doing and decided to Pay It Forward.

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Mom and student Pay it Forward to special education teacher

Scott Crandall has been great helping students with special needs so a mother of a student decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Scott Crandall has been great helping students with special needs so a mother of a student decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A teacher can make all the difference in a child's life. A special needs instructor in San Tan Valley whose dedication and kindness is changing lives, one student at a time.

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Cancer survivor honored for Paying it Forward to patients

Cathy Mikkelson decided to Pay It Forward to Lois Fowler because she made hats for cancer patients. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Cathy Mikkelson decided to Pay It Forward to Lois Fowler because she made hats for cancer patients. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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It's tough enough battling a life-threatening illness but a Mesa grandmother is easing the pain of other patients with her sewing machine.

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Valley woman eases pain of pet owners who must say goodbye to their dogs and cats

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It's a decision Rondell Lezha and her daughter wish they didn't have to make - taking their 14-year old springer spaniel "Moose" to the veterinarian, to be put to sleep. "They say you'll get over it, but its really hard because everything in your house reminds you of them," said Lezha. 

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Parent Pays it Forward to Chandler Art Teacher

Parent Clint Potts Pays it Forward to Hamilton High School art teacher Karen Tabor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Parent Clint Potts Pays it Forward to Hamilton High School art teacher Karen Tabor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Chandler art teacher is making a difference with her students and pushing them to achieve so parents decided to Pay It Forward.

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Sun Lakes firefighters give back to women who help them

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A women's associated donated $39,000 for new radios for the Sun Lakes Fire District so firefighters decided to Pay It Forward.

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Neighbor Pays it Forward to hospice nurse easing pain of others

Ryan Sidebottom helps out his family and community so a neighbor decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ryan Sidebottom helps out his family and community so a neighbor decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Ryan Sidebottom spends a lot of time with his family and it shows. But Ryan's caring and compassion extend beyond his wife and kids.

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Tempe 3rd grade teacher helps students 'Read to the Final Four'

Alexandra Blanchard was rewarded for helping her students get more interested in reading. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Alexandra Blanchard was rewarded for helping her students get more interested in reading. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Valley third grade teacher is getting some help from March Madness so her students can read more.

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Church community helps Valley grandmother attend granddaughter's graduation

Dianna Morrow Pays it Forward to Sue Wilson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Dianna Morrow Pays it Forward to Sue Wilson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Sue Wilson has devoted her life to helping others. But now, the west Valley grandmother could use some help herself.

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Valley woman gives back to home care nurse after death

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Four years ago, Gloria Ladoux was diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating motor neuron disease that had severe effects on the Valley grandmother.

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Phoenix woman gives up career to help community

Jessie Waggoner knows firsthand what a difference Frielingis making,without ever asking for anything in return. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jessie Waggoner knows firsthand what a difference Frielingis making,without ever asking for anything in return. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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It's a south Phoenix neighborhood where families struggle, a place where every meal is a blessing and kids wander the streets,looking for something to do. That's where Mary Frieling comes in.

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Valley couple shining light on disabled children through love and horses

John and Sheila Robinson help disabled children on their Phoenix ranch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) John and Sheila Robinson help disabled children on their Phoenix ranch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Phoenix couple is making a difference in the community by teaching special kids how to ride and take care of horses. A woman wanted to say thank you so she decided to Pay It Forward.

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Valley grandmother turns favorite hobby into opportunity to help others

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A Sun City grandmother has raised money to help cancer fighters and survivors so a fellow volunteer decided to Pay It Forward.

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Devoted mom helped by kindness of strangers

Rebecca Gonzales wanted to Pay It Forward to Jackie Lea. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Rebecca Gonzales wanted to Pay It Forward to Jackie Lea. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A helping hand and a warm smile. The kindness of strangers can make all the difference, especially when dealing with a traumatic experience.

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Chandler HS student Pays It Forward to counselor who turned her life around

High school student Cheyanne Gaffka Pays It Forward to her mental health counselor, Janice Hobbs. (Source: CBS 5) High school student Cheyanne Gaffka Pays It Forward to her mental health counselor, Janice Hobbs. (Source: CBS 5)
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Being a teenager these days isn't easy, and nobody knows that more than Chandler High School mental health counselor Janice Hobbs. "Sometimes going home is really hard for them," said Hobbs. "Sometimes they have job issues. Relationship issues are always real big." Cheyanne Gaffka, 16,  knows first hand what a difference words of encouragement can mean. 

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Special Olympics of Arizona athletic event and Unified Food Truck Festival

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CBS 5 is proud to Pay It Forward by sponsoring the 2017 Special Olympics of Arizona. Look for our on-air phone bank that will be taking place on Thursday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 

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Valley grandmother devoted to saving abandoned dogs and cats

Christina Alfaro has rescued hundreds of animals. (Source: CBS 5) Christina Alfaro has rescued hundreds of animals. (Source: CBS 5)
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If there a dog or cat in need, she's the one who comes to the rescue. Christina Alfaro has rescued hundreds of dogs and cats across the Valley, and she's not about to stop now.  "We just go out wherever there's a need and pick up animals," said  "We bring them to our house and then we call on different rescues to help us." 

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Kind gesture cements lifelong friendship for man with ALS g

Al Piña saw that his friend Charles Reuss needed a new motorized chair and helped him out. (Source: CBS 5) Al Piña saw that his friend Charles Reuss needed a new motorized chair and helped him out. (Source: CBS 5)
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The friends you remember forever are people who drop everything to help when you need it most, even during the holidays. 

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Valley therapist honored for helping special needs toddler

Kaylynn Hart has been taking care of 2-year-old Gabriel, who has an assortment of physical and mental disabilities. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Kaylynn Hart has been taking care of 2-year-old Gabriel, who has an assortment of physical and mental disabilities. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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You can see the love Kaylynn Hart has for 2-year-old Gabriel. "I just saw that he needed me and I needed him," said Hart. Gabriel used to be Hart's patient at a long-term care facility in the Valley. As a baby, Gabriel had meningitis and a stroke, leaving him with an assortment of physical and mental disabilities.

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Groomer does more than clip, she cares for injured and abandoned pets

Julie Plumber provides a temporary home for dogs that people left behind. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Julie Plumber provides a temporary home for dogs that people left behind. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The family stockings still hang in the place where Julie Plumber is a very busy mom. But this is not your average home with your average children. It's a pet-grooming business, which is also a temporary home for dogs that people left behind.

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Single mom Pays It Forward to charitable auto shop

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Many people dread going to the auto shop to get their car serviced. So it came as a big surprise for a single mom when her $6,500 bill was on the house.     

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Young girl helps her own, selflessly sewing blankets for sick children

Jenna Goodman decided to Pay It Forward to McKenna Rodriguez. (Source: CBS 5 News) Jenna Goodman decided to Pay It Forward to McKenna Rodriguez. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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A young girl who found comfort in an usual place after a major surgery decided to Pay It Forward.

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Lyft driver goes above and beyond to keep passenger safe

Lyft driver John Young helps passenger buy car from someone off the Internet. (Source: KPHO) Lyft driver John Young helps passenger buy car from someone off the Internet. (Source: KPHO)
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A Valley Lyft driver has heard all kinds of stories, but there was one a couple of weeks ago that caught his attention.

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Woman keeps culture alive through volunteerism

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Keeping culture alive for the children of Phoenix has been one woman's mission for nearly two decades.

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Valley business owner devoted to helping others

Jennifer Woods is the owner of Waldo's Warmers and gives to those in need. (Source: CBS 5 News) Jennifer Woods is the owner of Waldo's Warmers and gives to those in need. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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A Valley woman uses her small business to help ease the pain of others so her friend decided to Pay It Forward.

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Volunteer Pays it Forward to woman devoted to helping abused girls

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They're young girls, who've been abused physically, sexually and emotionally, and have nowhere to turn. That's where Janet Olson comes in. She's the director of Natalie's House, a West Valley group home devoted to helping girls 6 to 16 get a new lease on life. 

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Struggling vets have way to way to cope with physical and mental issues

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Travis McQuade is all about physical fitness at his Cross Fit Gym in Chandler. But there's more to this place than just helping others stay in shape. "As a veteran - we're out of the service, but we still have a duty to pull each other up and have each others backs," said McQuade. 

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Principal Pays it Forward to Valley 7th grader devoted to helping others

Shelby Jimenez, 13, is devoted to helping others. (Source: CBS 5 News) Shelby Jimenez, 13, is devoted to helping others. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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A seventh grader in Surprise is devoted to helping others but she needed some help of her own due to surgery later this month. So her principal decided to Pay It Forward. 

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Valley Honda Dealers is your trusted source for finding top-quality Honda cars in the Arizona area.


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