Local woman gifted $1,500 for her selflessness in the community
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
Each Christmas, WEAR teams up with Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and surprises deserving people with a big Christmas gift.
The dealership gives away more than $3,000 in cash and presents to our three finalists.
Meet the grand prize winner.
Natalee Brooks has spent her life giving to others.
"I'm a Christian and I feel that's what God calls us to do, and I feel we've been through what we've been through, to help others," said Brooks.
Her heart for service started when her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was four years old. She then started a charity for other children with cancer.
"When my daughter was sick, a lot of people helped us, whatever we needed. I feel it's our duty to see where a need is and help fill it," said Brooks.
She's volunteered with countless organizations, but now her focus is on helping those to our east.
She often travels to Panama City to help in any way she can.
"We went over Thanksgiving Day and fed over 900 people, and went last weekend and gave out toys and hats," Brooks explained.
She does all this while raising her own children, along with a two year old grandson that lives with her.
Her daughter was just in a car accident, fortunately she's OK, but that makes their financial situation even tighter.
That's why her friend Sandra Crook nominated Natalee this Christmas.
"She's always there, always in background, never wants to be in foreground, she's always there. She'll tell you she went to Panama City," said Crook.
Thanks to Sandra nominating her friend, Hill Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram surprised the family with tons of presents and $1,500 to make their Christmas a bit brighter.
"I'll pay it forward for sure. I have some ideas of people to help," said Brooks.