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Pay it Forward - William Shaner

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 02:06 PM CDT
Channel 3 is once again helping our viewers Pay it Forward. The premise is simple - it starts with Channel 3's Lena Deflores, $500, a sign and our Partner Hill-Kelly Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep.
People always ask Lena when she'll be out with her sign next, but we always keep it a surprise.

Lena's report follows:
This time I went to a strip mall parking lot in Pace with my sign reading, I'm giving away $500, ask me how. Let's see if we can find somebody to help

In the past, it's been challenging to find someone to say yes after explaining that you can't keep the $500 for yourself. You can't give it to a relative, or anyone who lives with you.

But this time, I had just stepped out of Channel 3 News Truck when Chuck Henigan drove up and told me he knew exactly who he'd like to see receive $500.

He's a schoolteacher. William Shaner has a history of Paying it Forward, himself. He volunteers as a Boy Scout Den Leader and is heavily involved at this church.
He and his wife are both teachers. She teaches at Dixon Intermediate School in Milton and he teaches music right next door, at Sims Middle School.
For the last 14 years, Mr. Shaner has shared his love of music with local kids. Henigan told us, like many of his gulf coast neighbors, Shaner has been by the downturn of the economy and how he wished that teachers who are as committed to local students as Shaner is were paid more.
After learning about Mr. Shaner, I called Miles Bentley with Hill-Kelley Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Ram who met us with $500.
With the help of Sims Middle School's Vice Principal, Mr. Shaner thought he was being called to the front office to answer a question about the school's PA system.
Once he walked in, Miles Bentley explained why he was really there. "I want to pass the money along on behalf of Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep to give your friend $500 that he can Pay it Forward to you."

Chuck Henigan wasn't the only person who thought Shaner was a deserving recipient of $500.

Shaner has made such an impact in his community and at Sims Middle School, Vice Principal Sharon Patrick was happy to see him receive a much deserved thank you.

"We're proud of him, we're proud of what he does. A lot of times people don't get the recognition, but this is a great way to recognize him."

Shaner says he wanted to continue to Pay it Forward, with a message to others about helping neighbors and friends each and every day.

"It's not always about money, it's whatever your gifts are.  If you're good at housework or yard work teaching of some kind, you can give where your strengths are."

These two neighbors were great examples of how to Pay it Forward everyday, just by lending a hand where and whenever you can.

We've loved hearing your stories of how you Pay it Forward in our community. Share your stories and ideas with us on our Facebook page.
Log on at A special thank you  to our partner, Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep for making 'Pay it Forward' possible.

And be sure to keep an eye out for Lena and her sign as Channel 3 continues to Pay it Forward.
Pay it Forward - William Shaner

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