Pay 6 Forward: Karima in Philadephia

March 7, 2012 1:44:34 PM PST
I'm out by the Art Museum ready to help someone with $600 so let's see what happens when I hold up my sign.

People reacted as soon as I held up my sign, "I'm giving away $600. Ask me how."

Jacqualine Plummer couldn't think of anyone, but she loves watching Pay 6 Forward.

"I think it's wonderful," she said. "The people who receive the money do seem deserving, and it's just a nice gesture in this economy."

We met a lot of nice people but it's hard for them to come up with someone.

So, as a refresher, here are the complete rules for Pay 6 Forward:
*You can't keep it yourself
*You can't be a relative or someone you live with
*The money needs to be a friend or a neighbor or someone from a church group who is going through a particularly hard time.
*They have to be available RIGHT THEN for the surprise!

Jermain Gamble had the perfect person.

"Her name is Karima. She works non-stop. She has a child. She goes to school and she's doing it all by herself.

So we headed off to the nearby Wawa where Karima works.

"Because I know you work hard," Gamble told her, "you got your son and school and the whole nine yards. Miss Karen Rogers has something to tell you."

Karima was in shock and couldn't believe it. She left the cash register humbled and gave a warm hug to her friend.

Karima said she works and goes to school because she is desperate to keep her son off the streets. "

"The happiest thing is my son saying, 'Mom are you going to school again today?' and that makes me want to get up and do it," Karima told Action News. "So he can get up and go to school and know that he can do everything that his mom is doing."

Often when I do these stories, someone says something that seems really powerful and I know I'll never forget it. In this case, I was talking to Karima and I said, "It must be very hard to work day/night; to go to school."

She said, "Actually it's a beautiful thing."

She never complains about it. She's just happy she can show her son a better way of life, and I wish them all the best.