Pay It Forward: Linda Speck

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When FOX59/Old National Bank put out the “Pay It Forward Challenge,” Linda Speck got busy in a hurry. Linda and her therapy dog, Indigo, decided to create a celebration for the volunteers at “His Hand Extended” Food Pantry in Greenwood.

The food ministry is affiliated with Trinity Broadcasting. Many of the volunteers who staff the kitchen are special needs students at nearby Whiteland High School.

“There are a lot of places all over our community where people who don’t have enough, they go to a food pantry,” Linda said. “And there are people that volunteer their time, all the time, not just once a week. They’ll work 30 or 40 hours to help feed families in our communities.”

For Linda, this celebration was about more than a pat on the back with cake and entertainment. This was a very personal expression of gratitude.  Less than a year ago, Linda was without a home and reliant on the grace of others.

“If it hadn’t been for food pantries, I would have been cold and hungry – and if it hadn’t been for people like this,” Linda said. “They don’t realize how critical what they do is.

“I am just blessed to be here and see what these people do. I’m the lucky one, we’re the lucky ones to be here. We just wanted to let them know that what you do makes a difference.”

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