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SPECIAL REPORT: Paying It Forward with Gift Cards

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A quick trip into Seaver's Pies and Doughnuts in Kingsport turned into much more for Annette Payne of Greeneville.We gave her ten minutes to figure out how to spend $300 to others, in hopesthey would pay it forward, starting a wonderful chain reaction of goodness and cheer.

She bought gift cards at a neighborhood grocery store and decided they would be best spent at Maple Oak Apartments.

"I want to give you a gift card to IGA," she told a resident, "so you can get you some groceries. I just ask that you pay it forward, not money-wise if you don't have it. Just a kind word to someone."

She was met with many smiles, and hugs, as well.

Annette found a veteran who lived at the Maple Oak, and said she was excited she could Pay It Forward to a veteran.

"It's because people like you that we have our freedom, and I appreciate it. You have a great day and take care," she told him.

We received so many smiles, kind words and a promise to pay it forward to someone else. Then, we met Miss Lorraine.

"Do I have to pay anything?" Lorraine asked.  Annette replied, "No, sweetheart, it's a gift from me to you!"   

Miss Lorraine just couldn't believe anyone would take the time to do anything nice for her.

"Well, bless your little heart! Iain't never in my life got something like this," as she collapsed into a tears, and Annette's hug.

Lorraine's reaction really made an impact.

Annette said, " I just wanted to cry! It's sad. There's so many people out there that need help. And there's not enough help to spread around. I always wish I could do more."

"My problems are small compared to alot of other people's," Annette added. "I mean, she couldn't even move her arm, and in a wheelchair. It makes you feel blessed. It sure does."

At times, it was difficult to convince people that there were no strings attached to our gift.

One man asked, "Are you giving this to me for real?"

It seemed we ran out of gift cards too quickly. Our part of the pay it forward mission was complete. It was now up to our recipients to take the next step!

Annette said, "I feel great! I think it's awesome. Like I said, I wish I had more to give out."


 

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