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St. Vincent de Paul gardener Wins Pay It Forward award

Forte has been running the garden for more than seven years.
Forte has been running the garden for more than seven years.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — We decided to Pay It Forward to Chanika Forte, who works hard planting vegetables for people in need. “I am nominating Chanika because she works at the St. Vincent de Paul garden,” said Chalotte Oshun. “All the food here is grown for the families come here that might be underprivileged or homeless or just looking for a meal. She has worked here for years, never complained and working out here in the extreme heat.”

Because of Forte’s hard work, Oshun wanted to Pay It Forward to her. So, we walked up into the garden and she was surprised to see us. “Chinika - How are you? We have a little surprise for you,” said Arizona’s Family’s Paul Horton.

“Chinika, for all you do for our community, we are going to Pay It Forward to you. Thanks for all you do for our community. This is from Arizona’s family,” said Oshun. “Thank you,I watch you guys all the time,” said Forte.

Forte has been running the garden for more than seven years. She not only plants vegetables, she takes care of chickens and their eggs.

“It feels amazing, not just putting seeds in the ground and watch things grow - but also seeing that food go into the dining room and know that it is helping sustain them while they are out here and asking us for help - that is an amazing feeling,” said Forte.

If you would like to nominate someone for our Pay It Forward award, click/tap here.