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September 16, 2013

Pay It Forward Carroll County gives to others

Carroll County Facebook page gives to others

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"It helps you as much as it helps them," the woman said. "When you feel like you should give, give. Do it from the heart."

Paying it forward in Carroll County has become very much of a community thing, said Keristen Ford, a woman who works in Flora.

Ford, along with a group of three other people, began helping out Cody Green, a 12-year-old boy who had leukemia, and his family. After Green passed away in 2012, Ford said the women were lost because the people who hadn't really known each other had come together to help out the family.

Together, the women decided that though the boy was gone, they wanted to continue to be a part of something that was helping others.

"It helped my outlook on life," Ford said. "We had a lot of this energy and decided to help others."

Ford said it feels great to help others. The group continues to do projects as small as handing out cookies or leaving encouraging adhesive-backed notes and as big as giving laundry baskets full of items to residents who had been affected by floods in Delphi.

"I think it's important to be there for other people because you never know when you'll need help yourself," Ford said. "It's easier to stay positive and keep going when you have positive people around you. Sometimes people just need someone to believe in them."

Community members, the Facebook group and people like Ford have come together to help the community and plan to continue doing so.

Those looking to pay it forward in other ways may visit the Facebook page, like it and send a message to the group with any questions.

The newest card bombing is for Rebecca Knight, a young lady with cystic fibrosis, for her birthday. Those who wish to send a birthday card can mail it to 115 S. Second St., Flora, IN 46929.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

Visit and like the Pay It Forward Carroll County Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pay-It-Forward-Carroll-County/298681143539233?ref=br_tf

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