We Pay it Forward to D’Andre, but there’s a catch

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Each week, WHNT news 19 Pays it Forward to someone who will use the $319 we give them to make a difference in their community or someone's life. And sometimes, those on the receiving end share that blessing. Such is the case in this week’s Pay it Forward.

31-year-old D'Andre Langford is a marketing consultant for a local realtor. “I love the community atmosphere here. I love the lifestyle here in Huntsville,” he recently told us. D’Andre moved here from Dallas 10 years ago because of family and school.

Our paths crossed at Huntsville’s Shuttle Bus terminal last month. We gave him 19 ride tickets as a random act of kindness. “Dude, I'll take that any day man. I appreciate that a lot,” he said. “And maybe I can help somebody out with this one too. You know, it's not just about me. Maybe I can pay it forward to somebody else too.” He did.

D’Andre emailed me saying he gave most of his tickets to a man who needed a way to get to and from the hospital to see his wife. Part of his email read, “I was able to bless the gentlemen with 10 bus tickets and I still had 9 more to get to and from work. You know I don't have all the things I want in life, however I am blessed to wake up every day to give some encouraging words to someone that wants to give up."

Because of that unselfish act, we went back to meet him at the bus terminal. I payed it forward to him and gave him $319. But there was a catch. I told him he has to give half of it away to help others and document his journey along the way.

D'Andre couldn’t believe it saying, “I appreciate that man. Thanks a whole lot. That's big. That's big right there.” When I told him I knew he would do some big things with it, tears began rolling down his face and he replied, “Definitely will. I definitely will.” They were tears of joy. D’Andre continued saying, “No matter how many struggles you might go through. No matter how difficult life may be, it's always good to still do right by other people.”

That goodness always finds its way back home. “Thank you so much. You actually made my day today,” he said. “It actually started out kinda rough. You just made everything worthwhile right now.” We can’t wait to see the good he does as he shares his blessing. We'll check back with D’Andre in a few weeks to see how he's making a difference in other people’s lives.