Volunteers Build New Home for Pay It Forward Recipient

WICHITA FALLS - A Wichita Falls woman who has spent her entire life serving people is now getting a blessing in return.

Maxine Martin was a Pay It Forward recipient back in September and her story's brought in volunteers from across the state wanting to give back.

Through donations and love, Maxine's getting a brand new home. Roughly 20 years ago she moved into the house that once stood off Pennsylvania, a home that was riddled with problems.

Wednesday morning, that home was demolished. And for Maxine, a brand new beginning is in sight.

Maxine's smile has persevered through all of life's trials, her husband was murdered in 1984 and her daughter died of cancer just a few years ago.

And now, because of donations from the community, the home she lived in with a broken sewer line and in need of other major repairs, is demolished so that a brand new one can be built.

It all started with a KFDX Pay It Forward report back in September and $300 she received from Vanda Cullar.

"The next morning my phone rang at the office, and it was Brad Love," said Cullar. "He had seen the Pay It Forward piece on TV and he and a couple of the police officers were talking about that morning and he called and said 'looks to me like that lady could use some help."

"When they showed up I was surprised. When the policemen and all those volunteers, I was shocked," said Maxine. "I was amazed. I have never had no one to do something that wonderful for me."

"I'm greedy, I'm going to take all the love they give me and I'm going to give it back to them so I can keep on getting it."

Maxine's new home will be completed and fully furnished by donations and gifts.

"God put it in the hearts of people to help this lady, who is just a super sweet lady, and he just used everybody's talent collectively and put everybody together," said Lane Landes, the owner of Texas Carpet Outlet.

Cullar said she never could have imagined, but is so very pleased to see, her desire to pay it forward is resulting in such a huge blessing for Maxine.

"None of us can cure all the issues in the world, but every single one of us can make a difference in one person's life," said Cullar.

And Maxine said she'll be forever grateful, also for the big new family she's gained along the way.

Cullar said the home should be ready for Maxine to move in to in about 8 months.

If there's someone you would like to Pay It Forward to, click here.


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