Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward: Ina Washington from Montgomery

This week’s Pay It Forward honoree is Ina Washington from Montgomery. She is a school counselor at T.S. Morris Elementary School and she goes above and beyond for her students each and every day.Ina Washington is in her 19th year as an educator. It’s easy to see that her students adore her and have missed seeing her face to face…

Pay It Forward: Alva Stuckey from Wetumpka

This week’s Pay it Forward honoree is 92-year-old Alva Stuckey from Wetumpka, who works hard to serve veterans in a suicide prevention program. In 2009, Marine officer Lee Stuckey founded “AHERO” veterans program, which stands for America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors. It was after he had struggled with his own issues returning from combat. “After a real kinetic combat deployment…

Pay It Forward: Nick Rankins of Montgomery

Nick Rankins is a mentor, a teacher, a coach, and role model. He founded an organization that includes a community garden where he’s not only growing good food, but growing boys into good men. “We try to catch them young and bring them up through the program. Putting them around positive role models. One of the things is, younger guys…

Pay It Forward: Roosevelt Johnson of Valley Grande

In late October, Hurricane Zeta slammed the Selma-Dallas County area snapping and uprooting trees and knocking our power to thousands of homes. There were people waiting in long lines at the few stores that were open just to get what they need. “They were bringing emergency people in, but didn’t seem like it was happening quick enough so we just…

Pay It Forward: Nan Brown Curtis from Selma

This week’s Pay It Forward honoree goes to Nan Brown Curtis of Selma. She is a two time cancer survivor and makes it her mission to educate others and give them hope. “My heart is in it because I want other people to survive and to make it. Don’t let fear– fear will stop us and end things for us…

Pay it Forward: Jemecia and Trinette Ross from Montgomery

Jemecia and Trinette Ross love helping those in need. “Even before the pandemic came or existed they were doing things for their neighbors. Helping children that might need some clothes are something. If you heard about somebody that might have lost a home to a fire and might have had unfortunate circumstances fall upon them, they still did that,” said…

Pay It Forward: Aieda Harris of Montgomery

This week’s Pay It Forward honoree is Aieda Harris from Montgomery. She’s been running a non-profit for 20 years helping at-risk youth and others in the community. It’s called E.C.H.O. (Empowering Communities Helping Ourselves). It’s a mentoring program for at-risk youth, who get help with homework and served meals after school. “Right now, we are serving between 500 and 600…

Pay It Forward: Marilyn and Larry Coker from Greenville

This week’s Pay It Forward honorees are Marilyn and Larry Coker from Greenville. She and her husband make sure students have what they need to succeed in the classroom. “She is always a giving person if my class needs tissue, I’m at the backdoor within the next hour or next day her husband is bringing it to me if we…

Pay It Forward: Thomas Cregar of Valley Grande

  Thomas Cregar lives in Valley Grande and delivers drinks for Pepsi. His stepdaughter says his hard work and positive attitude inspired her to nominate him for the award. Here’s how he’s paying it forward. “He’s been in my life since I was six and I’m about to turn 13. He’s been one of the most amazing dads I could…

Pay It Forward: Earnestine Woods of Montgomery

This week’s Pay It Forward honoree is MPS security officer Earnestine Woods. She founded “Have a Heart 4 Children.” It’s an organization that started with one child with special needs and lead to many more. “The students with disability are just her special angels. That’s what she called them and for 20 years she has done a Christmas party for…