Tonight's Pay It Forward segment started out along 34th Street in Central Lubbock. We set up with our Pay It Forward sign seeking this week's playmaker.
It took a minute or two before our playmaker arrived. One person walked right past us along the sidewalk. But immediately after, James Gonzales pulled into the parking lot. James had watched Pay It Forward before and knew who he wanted to help.
He said his mother has an employee who just moved to Lubbock recently. James only knew him by his first name. He told us that he wanted to help a man named Alex who works at Carlisle Motors.
James told us that he doesn't really know Alex very well, but he knew that Alex was new to the city. He felt like it would be nice to welcome him to West Texas.
We decided to surprise Alex at work. We made a short drive to Avenue Q and walked to the front office where we located Alex. Alex came out and was completely shocked. James explained who his mother was and then paid out $300 to Alex.
Alex was speechless. He simply said, "Thank you" and shook his hand. He couldn't believe it.
Alex told us that his father had recently passed away. He told us that the money would come in handy while he gets back on his feet again. He thanked everyone again and went back to work with a lasting impression of West Texas hospitality.
Be looking for our Pay It Forward sign soon. You may become our next playmaker.