Pay It Forward
  • 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 Clint Potts Pays it Forward to Hamilton High School art teacher Karen Tabor. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

  • Valley therapist honored for helping special needs toddler

    A woman has been caring for a 2-year-old boy with disabilities so a friend decided to Pay It Forward. (Thursday, January 26, 2017)

  • Sun Lakes firefighters honor women's association

    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.

  • Ryan Sidebottom helps out his family and community so a neighbor decided to Pay It Forward. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

  • Alexandra Blanchard was rewarded for helping her students get more interested in reading. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

  • Dianna Morrow Pays it Forward to Sue Wilson. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

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    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.

  • Jessie Waggoner knows firsthand what a difference Frielingis making,without ever asking for anything in return. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

  • John and Sheila Robinson help disabled children on their Phoenix ranch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

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    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.

  • Rebecca Gonzales wanted to Pay It Forward to Jackie Lea. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

  • High school student Cheyanne Gaffka Pays It Forward to her mental health counselor, Janice Hobbs. (Source: CBS 5)

    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. 

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    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. 

  • Christina Alfaro has rescued hundreds of animals. (Source: CBS 5)

    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." 

  • Al Piña saw that his friend Charles Reuss needed a new motorized chair and helped him out. (Source: CBS 5)

    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. 

  • Kaylynn Hart has been taking care of 2-year-old Gabriel, who has an assortment of physical and mental disabilities. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    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.

  • Julie Plumber provides a temporary home for dogs that people left behind. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    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.     

  • 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)

  • Jenna Goodman decided to Pay It Forward to McKenna Rodriguez. (Source: CBS 5 News)

    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 John Young helps passenger buy car from someone off the Internet. (Source: KPHO)

    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.

  • Jennifer Woods is the owner of Waldo's Warmers and gives to those in need. (Source: CBS 5 News)

    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. 

  • Shelby Jimenez, 13, is devoted to helping others. (Source: CBS 5 News)

    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. 

Terms & Conditions


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.

Click here for terms and conditions.

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