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

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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. (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)
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. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) 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. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A co-worker, Jazmine Marquez, reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Carillo, hoping that a $500 gift would help the family get an A/C unit a little sooner. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A co-worker, Jazmine Marquez, reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Carillo, hoping that a $500 gift would help the family get an A/C unit a little sooner. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (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.

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.

"We'd like to fix it, but we can't because we can't afford it," said Carillo. "I see my mom, she's there all day and its hot for her, and my dad. He comes home too and he wants to come home to a nice A/C house, but he can't because there's no A/C."

Some co-workers have chipped in to buy some fans to try and keep her family cool, but the fans can only do so much.

A co-worker, Jazmine Marquez, reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Carillo, hoping that a $500 gift would help the family get an air conditioning unit a little sooner.

"April comes in every morning with a big smile on her face, and she leaves wearing a smile on her face," said Marquez. "She doesn't show the hurt, so that's when we decided it was time to do something about it."

A CBS 5 news crew was there to surprise Carillo at work.

"I know how much you work and how hard you work for your family," said Munoz. "It means a lot to me when you come here every day and you give it your all, and I know your family is struggling. On behalf of Dr. Spigner and our office here, and Channel 5, we wanted to present you with the Pay it Forward of $500."

"Just having this extra help will help me out a lot," said Carillo. "I know it will make my family happy, as well."

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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