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Pay It Forward: Debbie Jones of Montgomery

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Debbie Jones of Montgomery. She is the director of Samaritan’s Inn Ministries. It provides housing for families that have loved ones in Intensive Care Units at local hospitals. Jones says it became her calling when she witnessed natural disasters in Alabama. “I started in 2010, and really didn’t know what…

Pay It Forward: Dazja Loyd of Millbrook

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Dazja Loyd of Millbrook. She is a 22-year-old law school student who still has time to make improvements in her community. She works with the Community Improvement Association. She also helps develop the Holiday Smile Project, which helps those in need. She is also creating a voter registration drive. For…

Pay It Forward: Terri Howell of Montgomery

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Terri Howell of Montgomery. She helps manage John Knox Manor, a non-profit Christian care center for the elderly. Those who live there say she goes above and beyond, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Howell holds karaoke nights to keep the residents active. She also helps with window visits for family…

Pay It Forward: Ell White II of Prattville

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Ell White II of Prattville. White is a retired U.S. Army Major who has been giving back to our community. He has taught as an Adjutant Professor in the Rehabilitation Studies Department at Alabama State University for three years.  He mentors and tutors at the West End Boys and Girls…

Pay It Forward: Brian Smith of Montgomery

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Brian Smith of Montgomery. Smith helps his community in a variety of ways. He anonymously pays for groceries for those in need. He is a mentor to youth in Montgomery by hosting school supply giveaways. He also recently gave the Carver High School band $10,000 for new instruments and uniforms….

Pay It Forward: Eleanor McConahay of Luverne

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Eleanor McConahay of Luverne. Even though she is 93 years old, she still finds plenty of ways to help her community. She has ministered to those with substance abuse for decades, she counsels those with suicidal thoughts and she visits a correctional facility to speak with inmates every week. Unfortunately,…

Pay It Forward: Maria Sahonic of Montgomery

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Maria Sahonic of Montgomery. Even though she faces chronic pain, she is an advocate for autism and special needs awareness. She has personally sewed more than 200 face masks for health care workers, and annually holds Thanksgiving dinners for those without families. She helps out the community despite undergoing six…

Pay It Forward: Connie Stinnette of Millbrook

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Connie Stinnette of Millbrook. She is undergoing treatment for leukemia at the Montgomery Cancer Center. But rather than focusing on her own battle, she helps other cancer patients by providing them with goodie bags. She shops for them and even drives them to doctor’s appointments. Stinnette still has the time…

Pay It Forward: Emefa Butler of Uniontown

For our first Pay It Forward story,  brought to you by The Vance Law Firm,  we are honoring Emefa Butler of Uniontown. She is the founder of C.H.O.I.C.E., which stands for”Choosing to Help Others in Our Community Excel.” It includes a resource center, food pantry and scholarship program. C.H.O.I.C.E. hosts an MLK breakfast each year. There’s also an after-school program…

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