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Sun City community volunteer wins Pay It Forward Award

A church volunteer in Sun City does so much for the community so a woman decided to Pay It...
A church volunteer in Sun City does so much for the community so a woman decided to Pay It Forward.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Dec. 2, 2021 at 5:30 PM MST
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SUN CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — We decided to Pay It Forward in Sun City to John Houlette, who volunteers to make his community and church a better place. “Here at church, he does everything. He’s in the bell choir. He’s in the choir, he’s in the church council. He prints things whenever we need things printed. He does all of this on his own. And he’s a big tech guy that helped us move into the tech age. If you want something done - ask John,” Gail Mattson who nominated John, said.

We found out that Houlette is such a humble person that if he heard we were planning something for him, he would not have come. So, his church put together a fake meeting about a future rummage sale and that’s when Mattson and I got to surprise him. “Well John, everybody here knows what you do, not just for the church but for the whole community. All you do for the bridge club, you work tirelessly. When something needs to get done, you ask John. So, on behalf of CBS 5 we want to present you with this $500 gift card,” said Mattson.

Desert Garden United Church of Christ is very appreciative of all his work. During the pandemic, many members at the church could not attend. That’s when Houlette put together a way to live stream the service into each of their homes. He created a camera network that kept his church together.

“It’s everything to me. I really enjoy doing things around here and helping our community. This church is my main focus and most of my time is spent there. I love it. I love it and the people,” Houlette said. If you would like to nominate someone for our Pay It Forward Award, just fill out the nomination form here.