Pay It Forward: $750 given to two locals who go above and beyond
Each year, 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 our two finalists: Naneka McQueen and Dwight Burns.
It's been a hard year for Naneka McQueen and her family.
"My husband has been in out of the hospital and I'm the only person working part-time," she said.
Her husband might lose his leg due to a blockage. Each month they get more behind on their bills.
"It's been bad, bad. Going through bankruptcy with the house, just rough," said McQueen.
Christmas this year looked bleak. There's no tree and no presents. That's why her friend Ashley Layne nominated her to be a Holiday "Pay it Forward" finalist. Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram surprised her family with gifts.
General Manager Miles Bentley brought an electric guitar for their 10-year-old son and gave the family $750 to help pay their bills.
The theme of music was strong in our Holiday "Pay it Forward" contest. Dwight Burns plays music at nursing homes around Pensacola to bring joy to the residents.
He said, "My mother was here, spent last two years of her life here. I came out and sang for her."
After she passed, he kept coming back. Now 15 years later, he's there every month. He gives the gift of music everywhere he goes. He gave guitars to kids at his church and taught them to play.
At 83 years old, he still works hard as a repairman. He laughed as he said, "I was on a roof yesterday."
He does it to make money to help others in need. That's why Ingrid Gamblin nominated him.
She started to get emotional as she explained his generosity, "If someone says I need that shirt, he will take off his shirt right then and there. He will give his last dime away. He has the most generous spirit of anyone I've ever known."
Miles Bentley with Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram surprised him with gifts and cash to say thank you for all he does.
Burns said the first thing he will do is give it away and "Pay it Forward" to someone in need.