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Hancock Co. woman using Facebook to pay it forward

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - "Pay It Forward in Hancock County" is the name of a new Facebook group that is helping hundreds of people secure their living needs. Kandice Corr created the group, and said it gives people an opportunity to network and help others, while spreading the spirit of giving.

Corr knows how much it means to be on the receiving end of such kindness.

"In May, our house caught on fire in the middle of the night. After that, my husband lost his job the following week. Then that led to my washing machine breaking, which we had no extra funds to replace it at the time," said Corr.

Following the fire, Corr said her family received so much support from friends, family and even strangers she wanted to give back. She started with posting her old washer, which turned out to have an easy fix.

"I decided to pay it forward, instead of selling it. I was able to give it to a lady who was an amputee raising a 10-year-old boy on a social security income," explained Corr.

In six short months, the "Pay It Forward in Hancock County" Facebook group has gained more than 1,400 members, and is helping residents get the stuff they need at no charge.

"Housing, cars, toys, jobs needs. A lot of people are afraid to ask for help, so this is one spot they can go to and post on the page that they need help without asking or seeming like they are begging," said Corr. "We may have something laying around the house that we might not need that others might be in dire need of. It doesn't hurt to ask."

Jennifer Metz and Alisha Warran joined the page looking for wrapping paper. Alisha is supplying Christmas presents for more than 100 foster children, and Jennifer is giving presents to several needy families she's adopted.

"I posted looking for paper from people smart enough to get it the day after Christmas. That was on a Saturday morning. By Saturday evening, I had quite a bit of wrapping paper and several volunteers to help wrap," said Warran.

"Before her page, it was like, 'Oh, I'm looking to help. Do you know anybody?' And it takes a lot of time to find one family or a few families," Jennifer Metz said. "With her page, it was immediate. It was a lot of people saying, 'I want to help,' and a lot of people saying, 'I need help.'"

The founder of the "Pay It Forward in Hancock County" Facebook group said anyone along the coast can feel free to use it. Here's a direct link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1503798456504958/

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