Manizha Aziz has been helping families who fled Afghanistan, but after her trailer full of items for those in need was stolen, she had to start over. We wanted to help replace them on this Pay It Forward with Fox 5, so we had a special surprise for her!
Crofton, Maryland natives, Mike Thomas and Gary Heldt, got together to form For The Kids MD, an organization that helps support local families who have critically ill children. Every year, their team selects a deserving family and holds fundraisers and a charity golf tournament where 100% of the proceeds goes to assist them with medical costs. For the last 22 years, they have raised almost half of a million dollars for children every year.
It’s important to them that they help someone local and this year’s beneficiary is Sabrina, a 1-year-old girl battling many serious illnesses. Her mother Gianna has been unable to work the past few years because her focus has been caring for her daughter. For The Kids MD along with Truman Charities kicked off this year’s fundraising efforts with a Happy Hour at Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda on July 15th.
Joel Bassam joined with a special message for For The Kids.
"Crunchy Life" is a series of books by Glen Mourning that create literary diversity for children all over. Glen, created the Crunchy Life series to help children see themselves in stories and cause them to read more.
Inspired by Glen's motivation to help children read more and ensure they see themselves in stories, we had a special surprise for him on this Pay It Forward with Fox 5.
The Pay It Forward initiative partners FOX 5 News with Easterns Automotive Group, and this time, we teamed up to surprise Pastor Robbie Pruitt, who started what he calls "bike ministry," where he is determined to help change lives one bicycle at a time!
So many men and women have put themselves in harm's way to work the frontline. They have spent the past year dedicated to helping those who have contracted COVID-19 while trying to remain safe themselves.?
From the Fox 5 team, Erin Como visited the White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, to speak with those saving lives on the frontline.
COVID-19 has turned everyone's lives upside down, and, amazingly, there are so many people doing extraordinary things to help others during these trying times. A new mom in Maryland named Caroline Dennin wanted to find a way to impact those less fortunate and thought an app connecting neighbors was the perfect way to reach out.?