Friend Pays it Forward to Phoenix-area business owner for helping hurricane victim
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.
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.
Former drug addict Pays it Forward to pastor who helped change his life
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.
Retired Valley professor leads drum circles to help children, seniors
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.
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)
Friend Pays it Forward to Mesa mom who adopted 8 children
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.
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. 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.
Volunteer Pays it Forward to woman devoted to helping less fortunate families
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.
No kill rescue animal shelter helps Pay it Forward to devoted volunteer
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.
Back to school clothing drive empowers Valley students in need
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.
Caretaker Pays it Forward to Valley nurse caring for dying husband
A Valley nurse isn't letting a personal tragedy stop her from helping others.
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Friend Pays it Forward to Valley mom who lost leg after car accident
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.
Volunteer Pays it Forward to Valley mom who feeds homeless youth
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.
Community Pays it Forward to founder of drum and bugle corps
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.
Volunteer Pays it Forward to woman devoted to helping German shepherds
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.
Grieving father Pays it Forward to Valley woman who eases parents pain
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.
Mom and student Pay it Forward to special education teacher
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.
Cancer survivor honored for Paying it Forward to patients
It's tough enough battling a life-threatening illness but a Mesa grandmother is easing the pain of other patients with her sewing machine.
Valley woman eases pain of pet owners who must say goodbye to their dogs and cats
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.
Parent Pays it Forward to Chandler Art Teacher
A Chandler art teacher is making a difference with her students and pushing them to achieve so parents decided to Pay It Forward.
Sun Lakes firefighters give back to women who help them
A women's associated donated $39,000 for new radios for the Sun Lakes Fire District so firefighters decided to Pay It Forward.
Neighbor Pays it Forward to hospice nurse easing pain of others
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.
Tempe 3rd grade teacher helps students 'Read to the Final Four'
A Valley third grade teacher is getting some help from March Madness so her students can read more.
Church community helps Valley grandmother attend granddaughter's graduation
Sue Wilson has devoted her life to helping others. But now, the west Valley grandmother could use some help herself.
Valley woman gives back to home care nurse after death
Four years ago, Gloria Ladoux was diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating motor neuron disease that had severe effects on the Valley grandmother.
Phoenix woman gives up career to help community
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.
Valley couple shining light on disabled children through love and horses
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.
Valley grandmother turns favorite hobby into opportunity to help others
A Sun City grandmother has raised money to help cancer fighters and survivors so a fellow volunteer decided to Pay It Forward.
Devoted mom helped by kindness of strangers
A helping hand and a warm smile. The kindness of strangers can make all the difference, especially when dealing with a traumatic experience.
Chandler HS student Pays It Forward to counselor who turned her life around
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.
Special Olympics of Arizona athletic event and Unified Food Truck Festival
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.
Valley grandmother devoted to saving abandoned dogs and cats
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."
Kind gesture cements lifelong friendship for man with ALS g
The friends you remember forever are people who drop everything to help when you need it most, even during the holidays.
Valley therapist honored for helping special needs toddler
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.
Groomer does more than clip, she cares for injured and abandoned pets
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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.
Single mom Pays It Forward to charitable auto shop
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.
Young girl helps her own, selflessly sewing blankets for sick children
A young girl who found comfort in an usual place after a major surgery decided to Pay It Forward.
Lyft driver goes above and beyond to keep passenger safe
A Valley Lyft driver has heard all kinds of stories, but there was one a couple of weeks ago that caught his attention.
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.
Valley business owner devoted to helping others
A Valley woman uses her small business to help ease the pain of others so her friend decided to Pay It Forward.
Volunteer Pays it Forward to woman devoted to helping abused girls
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.
Struggling vets have way to way to cope with physical and mental issues
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.
Principal Pays it Forward to Valley 7th grader devoted to helping others
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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Together, we can make a difference with the CBS 5 News series "Pay It Forward."
Here's how it works: Each week we give a viewer $500. That viewer has 60 minutes to give the money to someone who needs a little boost in life.
So what's the hitch? You can't give it to a family member, and our cameras must be able to come along.
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