Friend Pays it Forward to Valley mom down on her luck

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

All Erika Flores wants is to provide a good home and good life for her 10-month-old daughter Aurora, but it hasn't been easy.

"It's been one thing after another," said Flores.

Shortly after Aurora was born last year, the Valley mom was involved in a car accident.

A few months later, it happened again, leaving Flores with an assortment of injuries and a vehicle she couldn't afford to repair.

She also needs a new place to live.

"I want to go back to work and I can't, and that just kills me," said Flores.

But through all the misfortune, the Valley mom has kept a positive attitude, pushing through the physical and emotional pain for the good of her daughter.

Close friend Tonya Dewitt has seen first-hand how hard Flores works, taking care of her daughter in spite of the hardships they've faced.

Dewitt reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward for a mom who could really use some good news.

Dewitt showed up to surprise Flores, with a CBS 5 news crew right behind her.

"I reached out to CBS 5. I know you've been struggling a lot with rent, and money and bills," Dewitt told Flores. "I love you so much, and I want to help you  So on behalf of CBS 5 we want to present you with $500."

"I think that will let her know that [sic] there's somebody out there that really cares, and she's not alone," Dewitt said.

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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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