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Bring Pay It Forward Back Around

Organized by: Barb Kolb

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THE STORY:

This is Pat Kolb. To some she gives hope and inspiration. Others believe her to be an angel and her presence in their lives, a small miracle. Her life quote is taken from Mrs. Martin Luther King-- "No one can help everyone but everyone can help someone"! Still, she tries to help everyone.

Pat is an 82 year young mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. From the day Pat was born she was the nurturing type and a caretaker. Kids, adults, animals…you name it. If it needs something, Pat will be there to provide it. Sometimes to the dismay of the folks that love her because she keeps nothing for herself.

Six years ago, Patsy recognized a need in her community and set out to find a way to help the folks who were struggling to get the items and help they so desperately needed during these very difficult times. Hence, she started a Yahoo group aimed at obtaining items and essential information and providing them to anyone FREE of charge and ‘Arizonans Helping Arizonans’ was born. Since its inception, the group has grown significantly with other selfless people who help her to obtain and store these donations until they are needed. She also provides websites with information to assist with food, utilities, medical care, housing and other help. She uses her own very limited financial resources, van and gas, to obtain, pick up and deliver donations - often to her own detriment but always with joy.

She states almost daily that 'helping other people is 'the reason she gets out of bed every day'! She was even featured as one of the selfless who help others on a segment of Arizona’s news channel 5 called ‘Pay It Forward’.

Not by any means unfamiliar to her, Pat has recently found herself on hard times. She has been plagued with problems with her van and electrical and plumbing problems in her very modest 60+ year old home and is unable to afford a new air conditioner or the repairs for her home. Although she is strong, at 82 years old the Arizona summer heat takes its toll on her. Her family and group members are not able to raise enough money, as the costs are substantial, and she does not ask for help for herself.

This little lady leaves her prints on the hearts of everybody who are in contact with her as they know she is the person behind their ability to get the things they need. She is the most loving, gentle, honest and non-judgmental person you will ever meet! Pat has touched thousands of lives, both directly and indirectly, in immeasurable ways.

We hope her story will inspire you to help the process come full circle by ' paying it forward' to her, just as she has done for so many. We are hoping to raise $8,000.00 for an air conditioner and repairs to her vehicle. Any excess above $8,000 will be used to help Arizonans Helping Arizonans continue helping others.

Please, check out her group if you would like to find out more about this amazing lady and her wonderful, passionate work.

Arizonan’s Helping Arizonans
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ArizonansHelpingArizonans/conversations/messages
News Channel 5 interview with Pat Kolb:
http://www.kpho.com/story/14792349/phoenix-group-pays-it-foward-to-those-in-need-9-13-2010

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Barb Kolb

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