In this week’s Pay it Forward, FOX43 travels to Gap, Lancaster County. It’s where we found a struggling mom who wanted to give back to a woman who has given her so much.
“We had lost our home to a small tornado,” Catherine McQuate said. “A big tree had fallen on our house and I was told about her food bank, where she had gave out food.”
As director of the New Holland Food Bank for about 20 years, Marty Waldrop has helped a lot of people. But she has gone above and beyond for McQuate and her family, since meeting her at the food bank seven years ago.
“She just has been like a mom to me and a grandmother to my children,” McQuate said. “She has helped me financially before and she’s helped me buy groceries.”
Now McQuate is finally getting the chance to give back, by surprising Waldrop at her New Holland home with $200 from Pay it Forward.
“This is channel 43, FOX News and they have a thing that they do, called ‘paying it forward’ to somebody, who they love and who’s done some good to them, and I want to give you this because I love you,” McQuate told Waldrop. “And I thank you for everything that you’ve done for us.”
“Makes me feel very happy that she did that,” Waldrop told FOX43. “I mean, I’m her friend and friends don’t expect to get things in return all of the time.”
Waldrop learned the value of paying it forward to others at a young age.
“I guess because I was poor when I was young. My mother had to struggle,” she said. “We didn’t have anything at all.”
Even after retiring from the food bank, her instinct to help people in need hasn’t wavered.
“You should be using this to get your prescriptions!” Waldrop told McQuate.
“It’s for you, because you’re a good person!” replied McQuate tearfully.
Though Waldrop is technically retired from the food bank, she still visits weekly to give clients recipes and samples of dishes they can make with the food they receive.