SUN CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Wayne Klaus is pretty handy around the house, repairing whatever needs fixing.

"Never a boring day, that I don't have something to do," said Klaus. "There's always something."

But the retired carpenter doesn't limit himself to projects on his own property. Klaus has done work for all his Sun City neighbors and doesn't ask for any money or anything in return.

handy neighbor

A Sun City couple decide to Pay It Forward to a neighborhood handyman.

"Wayne was brought up that if you have something you can do for someone else, do it because we don't know how long we have to live," said Marsha Thomsen, Klaus' fiancée.

Larry and Ann Miller live next door and are forever grateful for their neighbor's ongoing acts of kindness. The good-hearted handyman has built them a new fence to protect their pups, installed cabinets in the garage and set up a new sidewalk outback.

handy neighbor

The good-hearted handyman has built them a new fence to protect their pups, installed cabinets in the garage and set up a new sidewalk outback.

"We'd have to pay to have things done," said Ann. "We just can't afford it on a fixed income, and having someone that can do all different types of jobs and help us, we can't ask for anything better."

The Millers wanted to show their appreciation, so they reached out to CBS 5 to Pay It Forward to their incredible neighbor and give him $500.

A CBS 5 News camera was rolling for the big surprise.

"You have done so much to help Larry and I out," said Ann. "You've built our cabinets, paved concrete, trimmed oleanders and took oleanders out with a backhoe and everything."

handy neighbor

They gave Klaus $500.

"You have made our lives better with your help and everything," Ann said. "I got in touch with Channel 5 and their Pay It Forward program, and they picked you. On behalf of Channel 5 and Pay It Forward, I'd like to give you $500."

"I'ts just a way of life," said Klaus. "I've been doing this my whole life, helping relatives, friends and neighbors."

"Nobody could have a better neighbor," said Ann.

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 

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