Huntington group pays it forward

When Kristy Moore got word of a need for food and gently used items in Huntington County in December, she knew she wanted to help any way she could.

Posted: Jan 13, 2018 6:54 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2018 11:04 PM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- A group of people in Huntington are giving back by collecting items and monetary donations on a page called, 'Pay it Forward Huntington.'

When I asked Kristy Moore what it felt like to know she was making a difference she said, "The best feeling in the world."

When Moore got word of a need for food and gently used items in Huntington County in December, she knew she wanted to help any way she could.

"I made the page, I added a bunch of people, and got some friends of mine on board to help me," she said.

Erika Bruce, an administrator and friend of Kristy, said when Moore sent her the link, she said, "Well this is going to be something awesome."

People immediately started reaching out to Pay it Forward and asking for help for either themselves or their loved ones.

"Everything's free. If they need, like, food assistance or bill assistance then they would have to come to one of us in charge so we can verify some information with them and get those donations, and we pay those bills," Moore said.

In just over a month the ladies of Pay it Forward have connected with people all over the county, fulfilling the needs of those who can't get assistance.

For Jacque Stephan, the trouble started when she lost her dad.

"Everything when he passed away was on disconnect and I couldn't switch anything over until the balances were paid, and I only worked part time," Stephan said.

Stephan said she couldn't get the help she needed until she found Pay it Forward. Now, with help from small businesses and community members, they're working to keep the lights on for her and her kids.

"I know that there are other people in worse situations than I'm in, and I think them taking and providing food for people that are hungry. I think it's absolutely great," Stephan said.

Administrators of the group said it's been an incredible feeling to make a difference and watch the community come together.

"Just the help from the community. That just warms my heart," said Alicia Bowers.

Now, they're working toward gaining a non-profit status, and they want everyone in Huntington County to know they have their backs.

"Our main goal in this is just to make sure that nobody's left behind," said Megan Curry.

If you live in Huntington County and need assistance, or want to make a donation, visit their page here. You can also learn how to make monetary donations through their social media pages.

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