Pay 6 Forward: Arlena in Philadelphia

May 22, 2013 2:21:03 PM PDT
We visited Center City Philadelphia with our sign "I'm giving away $600 ask me how".

We got a lot of attention from the crowd, like we do for all of our Pay 6 Forward stories. So, we explained the rules:
*You can't keep the money yourself
*You can't give it to a relative or someone you live with
*The money needs to go to a friend or a neighbor or someone from a church group who is going through a particularly hard time.
*That person has to be available RIGHT THEN for the surprise!

There were plenty of people who stopped by to talk, but they couldn't meet all the criteria. But one look on Nannette Stone's face told us, she knew someone in need.

"She's a cancer survivor, breast cancer," Stone said, "and she lost her home to eviction and (is) living with someone and this could give her a boost."

Arlena Marrow may be in dire straits herself, but at Christmas she surprised Nanette's daughter with $100, saying she knows someday she'll help others.

So we went to meet Arlena, who's staying with a friend. They immediately teared up. Arlena told us she already knew and loved the Pay 6 Forward stories.

"I know... I know..," Marrow said. "Oh my God. Praise the Lord. Halleluiah... Thank you so much. Thank you so much!"

They were so sweet, they argued over who was more of an angel.

Arlena has been alone since her husband died 10 years ago and the cancer depleted her funds, but not her spirits.

"I'm on a fixed income and pay a lot for my medications and office visits," she said.

We paid $600 forward to Nannette and she gave it to the woman she's been holding in prayer.

"Miss Arlena, God bless you. Thank you so much for blessing me."