This week's Pay It Forward started out in Northwest Lubbock near 4th Street and Toledo Avenue. We set up with our Pay It Forward sign searching for this week's playmaker.
Leandra Garcia spotted our sign immediately. She pulled into the parking lot and knew who she wanted to help out. Leandra picked Ashley Castillo as this week's recipient of $300.
Leandra and Ashley are best friends. They've known each other since Pre-K. Leandra explained that Ashley is a single mother with two boys. She just moved into a new place and Leandra thought the extra money would come in handy.
We followed Leandra to Ashley's workplace at a local eye vision clinic. Ashley came around the corner just in time to spot Leandra outside waiting. Leandra counted out $300 to Ashley with several onlookers on hand.
Ashley cried after receiving $300 and gave Leandra a big hug. She thanked Leandra and then told us it would come in handy for Christmas and the holiday season.
Be looking for our Pay It Forward sign soon! You may become our next playmaker and help a person in need across the South Plains.