Over the past nine years, Pay It Forward, sponsored by law firm McMahan, has highlighted the good deeds of nearly 500 Tennessee Valley residents and awarded those individuals nearly a quarter of a million dollars, one story at a time, $500 at a time. time. (Pay It Forward is the Help Neighbors feature that airs every Monday night at 6 p.m. on WTVC NewsChannel 9.)
The initiative celebrated its ninth anniversary by recognizing the work of Janaria McIntosh, who provides free haircuts as part of her volunteer work with Grace Pointe Church. On the first and third Saturday of each month, McIntosh cuts the hair of students at Hardy Elementary School. Over the past three years, her personal ministry has grown so much that she has gained support from her students at Chattanooga State Community College, where she teaches hairdressing. Chattanooga State recently presented Janaria with an Excellence in Teaching Award – Technical College.
“Think about it. There is so much negative in the world today, and people honored by Pay It Forward wake up every day with the idea of doing something to help someone else. Imagine if we were all doing that,” Jay Kennamer, a partner at law firm McMahan, said.