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Monrovia woman helps friend in need through Pay it Forward

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Lena Fine didn't hesitate when she was offered $500 to Pay It Forward; she immediately thought of her friend, Gloria Lockheart, who is on a fixed income and dealing with medical complications from a broken hip.

Literally moments after bringing out a sign reading, "I'm giving away $500, ask me how," Lena did just that.

Get more information on the ABC7 Pay It Forward campaign

Lena walks with her friend Gloria at 6 a.m. every day. Gloria is deeply in debt and a fixed income, so the holiday season is especially tough for her.

We followed Fine to Lockheart's Monrovia home for the big surprise.

Lockheart seemed stunned.

"I'm paying it forward and you have been selected for a Christmas bonus, paying it forward $500," said Fine.

"Oh my God I can't believe this, thank you," said Lockheart. "It feels great. I am just so happy."

Lockheart had already told her granddaughter there wouldn't be any Christmas presents this year. But with her money in hand, that's going to change.

"I've been so stressed lately," said Lockheart. "I'm going to be OK. I will make it, I know I will."

For Fine, giving never felt so good.

"I feel like Mrs. Claus and I did something good today," said Fine.

And Lockheart can't stop smiling.

"We love Channel 7," said Lockheart. "I always watch Channel 7, I really do."

Fine and Lockheart show what friendship and the holiday spirit is all about- that the gift of giving is the best gift anyone can give.

Get more information on the ABC7 Pay It Forward campaign

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